Attachment Theory and Research in Clinical Work with Adults by Joseph H. Obegi PsyD, Ety Berant PhD

By Joseph H. Obegi PsyD, Ety Berant PhD

Written with the practising psychotherapist in brain, this worthwhile ebook provides state-of-the-art wisdom on grownup attachment and explores the results for day by day scientific perform. prime specialists illustrate how idea and learn during this dynamic quarter can tell review, case formula, and medical selection making. The ebook places such thoughts because the safe base, mentalization, and attachment types in a brand new gentle by means of concentrating on their software for realizing the healing courting and approaches of swap. It bargains ideas for incorporating attachment rules and instruments into particular therapy techniques, with separate chapters on psychoanalytic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and emotionally targeted treatments. (20100101)

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The threatening words had no effect on the mental availability or accessibility of names of other people who were not viewed as attachment figures. That is, attachment figures are not just any relationship partners; they are special people to whom one turns, even unconsciously, when comfort or support is needed. According to Bowlby (1969/1982), the natural goal of the attachment system is to increase a person’s sense of security (which Sroufe & Waters, 1977, labeled felt security)—a sense that the world is a safe place, that one can rely on others for protection and support, and that one can confidently explore the environment and engage in social and nonsocial tasks and activities without fear of damage.

In early infancy, the effects of experience can be conceptualized in terms of simple learning principles. , crying for help, protesting angrily, down-regulating distress signals) works with a particular caregiver, it will be reinforced. If a particular strategy results in punishment or caregiver withdrawal, it will become weaker and less visible (perhaps by being actively suppressed) in the infant’s behavioral repertoire. The same is true for young mammals from many other species. In the case of developing human children, however, what is learned includes not only automatic behavior patterns, but also a set of vivid memories, abstracted beliefs, and expectations about caregivers’ reactions and the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of one’s own possible behaviors.

At the relationship-specific level, the model representing the typical interaction with an attachment figure has the highest likelihood of being accessible and guiding subsequent interactions with that person. , parents and romantic partners) typically becomes the most commonly available representation and has the strongest effect on attachment-related expectations, feelings, and behaviors across relationships and over time. According to Bowlby (1973), consolidation of a regularly available working model is the most important psychological process accounting for the enduring, long-term effects of attachment interactions during infancy, childhood, and adolescence on attachment-related cognitions and behaviors in adulthood.

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