Born this day in 1918: Selma Fraiberg (1918–1981), child psychoanalyst and infant development expert
Fraiberg was born Selma Horwitz in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University and was trained in psychotherapy at the Detroit Psychoanalytic Institute.
She is best known for her study of the development of children who were blind since birth, especially in comparison to sighted children. This work helped inform her theories about attachment and the role of primary caregivers in a child’s early development. She is author of the classic work The Magic Years (1959) as well as Insights from the Blind (1977), and Every Child's Birthright: In Defense of Mothering (1977).
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