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Dr. Ed Tronick On Infant Development & Why Repair is The Key To Great Relationships – 296

By Jayson
June 23, 2020



My wife and I are big fans of Dr. Ed Tronick and have wanted to interview him for years. We’ve both really been influenced by his work, and I was so honored to speak with him in episode 296 of the podcast.

Dr. Tronick is a developmental and clinical psychologist, professor and researcher on parenting and infant social/emotional development who was made famous in the ‘70s by “The Still Face Experiment” which shows our inherent need for connection starts at infancy (if you haven’t seen it, YouTube it right now — it’s so powerful).

We discuss his new book The Power of Discord: Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust, get insights into the start of his career and 40 years worth of incredible studies, and learn what’s up next (hint: it has to do with mask wearing).

We get deep about parent-infant/child dynamics, connection/disconnection patterns and why repair is so critical in relationships.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

I’m so excited to share this with you — go check it out.


5:30 Introduction of Dr. Edward Tronick
8:10 The impact on children from mask wearing
11:25 The “Still Face” experiment and its impact on culture
15:25 Understanding mother-child interactions
24:50 Working on our mismatches with others and building security
32:00 How relationship dynamics in the early years impact infants
42:15 The platform of security
45:10 The power of repair in relationships
1:02:50 Co-regulation between children and their mothers
1:14:00 Action step
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  1. Ashley Giles

    Great episode. Fascinating how even the sound issues and lack of eye contact (not looking into the camera) felt really uncomfortable- discord! I appreciated the message that there’s always opportunity to repair both the relationship AND the wounds left by past ruptures.

  2. Peter

    Wow! Such a powerful and informative interview. Thank you!


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