An Enduring Tale of Self and Other

Narcissus by Caravaggio (1594-96).
‘Though he occasionally began to speak of himself as “I” and of the person addressed as “you,” he continued for quite some time the pattern of pronominal reversals. When, for instance, in February, 1939, he stumbled and nearly fell, he said of himself, “You did not fall down.”

From Leo Kanner, Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact, Nervous Child 2:217-50, 1943.

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An Enduring Tale of Self and Other

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