Attachment in Psychotherapy by David J. Wallin

By David J. Wallin

This eloquent e-book interprets attachment conception and learn into an leading edge framework that grounds grownup psychotherapy within the evidence of early life improvement. Advancing a version of remedy as transformation via courting, the writer integrates attachment idea with neuroscience, trauma stories, relational psychotherapy, and the psychology of mindfulness. vibrant case fabric illustrates how therapists can tailor interventions to slot the attachment wishes in their sufferers, hence assisting them to generate the internalized safe base for which their early relationships supplied no starting place. Demonstrating the scientific makes use of of a spotlight on nonverbal interplay, the booklet describes strong ideas for operating with the emotional responses and physically stories of sufferer and therapist alike.

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She also found a positive correlation be­ tween the infant's attachment security and the mother's pleasure in breast feeding (Bretherton, 1 995; Marvin & Britner, 1 99 9 ) . The latter finding sup­ ported Bowlby's early hypothesis (Bowlby, 1 95 1 ) that healthy development hinges on both parties' enjoyment of the attachment relationship. While Ainsworth was ultimately unable to specify which kinds of maternal behav­ ior were conducive to the development of secure attachment and which were not, her identification of the probable link between maternal attune­ ment and attachment hinted at what she would discover eight years later in Baltimore upon replicating, but also very significantly refining, the study she had conducted in Uganda.

To put these developments in context, consider that Bowlby made two extraordinary contributions: First, he identified attachment as a distinct, biolog­ ically based, and absolutely fundamental behavioral/motivational system; and second, he theorized that individual differences in the functioning of the attachment system are linked inextricably to the individuals' " internal working models" of self and other (Bretherton, 1 9 8 5 ) . What Ainsworth's research had done for Bowlby's first contribution, Main's research was about to do for the second: Just as the Strange Situation had enabled inves­ tigators to conduct empirical explorations of attachment behavior, Main's innovations made empirical study of the internal working model possible.

The crystallizing of attach­ ment proper was reflected in (among other behaviors) the infants' flight to The Foundations of Attac h ment Theory 17 mother when distressed or alarmed, their use of her as a secure base for ex­ ploration, and their active approach to her upon reunion. Ainsworth's doc­ umentation of the infants' shared developmental trajectory offered clear empirical support for Bowlby's theory. Yet it was actually the differences among these infants (rather than the commonalities) that she found most intriguing.

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