Mentalizing in the Development and Treatment of Attachment Trauma
This book brings together the latest knowledge from attachment research and neuroscience to provide a new approach to treating trauma for therapists from different professional disciplines and diverse theoretical backgrounds. The field of trauma suffers from fragmentation as brands of therapy proliferate in relation to a multiplicity of psychiatric disorders. This fragmentation calls for a fresh clinical approach to treating trauma. Pinpointing at once the problem and potential solution, the author places the experience of being psychologically alone in unbearable emotional states at the heart of trauma in attachment relationships. This trauma results from a failure of mentalizing, that is, empathic attunement to emotional distress. Psychotherapy offers an opportunity for healing by restoring mentalizing, that is, fostering psychological attunement in the context of secure attachment relationships-in the psychotherapy relationship and in other attachment relationships. The book gives a unique overview of common attachment patterns in childhood and adulthood, setting the stage for understanding attachment trauma, which is most conspicuous in maltreatment but also more subtly evident in early and repeated failures of attunement in attachment relationships.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
abuse activity adult attachment adulthood affectional bonds Ainsworth Allen ambivalent attachment amygdala anxiety Applications 2nd edn associated attachment behavior attachment figures attachment needs attachment patterns attachment relationships attachment research attachment security attachment theory attachment trauma Bateman Bifulco borderline personality disorder Bowlby Bowlby’s brain caregiving Carlson & Collins Cassidy & P. R. chapter child childhood Clinical Applications 2nd cognitive colleagues context depression developmental Dialectical Behavior Therapy disorganized attachment dissociative distress Egeland emotion regulation emotionally experience fear feeling Fonagy functioning Gergely Guilford Press Handbook of Attachment infant attachment interactions intergenerational transmission internal working models interview maltreatment maternal Mikulincer mindful attention Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy mirror neurons mother neuroimaging oxytocin P. R. Shaver Eds painful parents partner patients posttraumatic stress disorder prefrontal prefrontal cortex psychiatric psychoanalysis psychological psychotherapy PTSD relation role romantic relationships secure attachment secure base sexual social Sroufe Strange Situation therapists therapy thinking treatment understanding York