Daniel N. Stern latest publication Forms of Vitality: Exploring Dynamic Experience in Psychology, the Arts, Psychotherapy, and Development (2010) is a synthesis of his lifelong research on developmental psychology, infant observation/experimentation and the clinical reconstruction of early experiences from an interpersonal and intrapsychic perspective. Stern is the author of six books, including the classic The Interpersonal World of the Infant (1985), The Journal of a Baby (1990) and The Present Moment in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life (2003).
In his most recent book Stern explores the rather neglected topic of 'vitality' - that is, the force or power manifested by all living things. According to Stern vitality takes on many dynamic forms and permeates daily life, psychology, psychotherapy, and the arts, yet what is vitality? Stern's research shows that it is possible to trace vitality to real physical and mental operations. Vitality has a neurological underpinning. Stern makes us aware what life is about, and what art is all about: Discovering vitality forms, studying and testing them, developing them, expressing them, and translating them into material forms, whether in facial expression or bodily movements, or in the dynamic forms of performance and interactive art.
Stern is currently Professeur Honoraire in the Faculté de Psychologie,
Université de Genève, Switzerland; Adjunct Professor in the Department
of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical School - New York Hospital;
and Lecturer at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalysis.