By Rhona M. Fear
Attachment concept has persevered to adapt because the demise of John Bowlby in 1990. the most contemporary and interesting advancements within the conception issues the concept that of “earned security”. the writer has taken this idea and built it subtly with a view to advertise the way in which that it truly is attainable for the therapist to explicitly commit herself within the consulting room to the supply of an atmosphere the place the customer learns to internalize a feeling of owning a “secure base”.
The ebook takes the elemental principles of attachment conception and integrates it with different relational theories, resembling these of Stolorow, Brandchaft and Atwood’s “intersubjective standpoint” and Heinz Kohut’s “psychology of the self”. the writer takes us via this strategy step by step, constructing an integrative, relational thought which, if applied clinically, might help practitioners to allow their consumers to achieve a feeling of “learned security”: a feeling of getting a safe base to which to come to in occasions of vulnerability.
Many consumers unfortunately pass over this level of improvement of their attachment histories because of developmental deficit and trauma. by way of focusing on delivering a safe base for the buyer within the healing atmosphere, a seminal swap can happen in the client’s psychic association. The e-book features a part which covers how such developmental deficits ordinarily occur.
The integrative idea that the writer promulgates is evidenced by means of the presentation of 4 prolonged case reviews; in a single, the customer himself has written a story of the way he deems his remedy to have labored. it's strange for us as practitioners to discover our consumers ready to write down a story of the healing procedure, and it's fresh to be supplied with a client’s standpoint.
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She focused entirely upon the negative transference, saying that my client was simply seeking to satisfy me by acting out a show of being upset. I was told that I should have tackled the negative transference and not have been taken in by my client’s distress. I am speaking about the reality, prevalent in the 1980s and 1990s when I trained, when clients were referred to with a very superior and arrogant tone of voice; clients seen as being intrinsically less “knowing” than ourselves as psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Maybe his belief that women should be the carers was the result of an idealised view of reality. Bowlby saw the emotional bond between carer and child as being psychological in origin, rather than the result of a need for sustenance or infant sexual desire (Kleinian and Freudian concepts in their turn). He stated that the child's primary motivational need was for the proximity of his mother to keep him safe, in contrast to Freud's belief that physiological needs were paramount. Marcel Proust, in 1913, was consciously aware of the precious nature of his own mother’s love, and expresses in the following paragraph his own insecure attachment, perhaps borne of mother giving too little.
Again, had he submitted to Main’s adult attachment interview (AAI), he might well have been analysed as distant and unemotional, and not very responsive or attuned as a parent himself. This could well be because it would have been too embarrassing to admit to any level of vulnerability. One can also surmise that he felt very severely the lack of a close emotional bond with either his mother or father, and, undoubtedly, it was this that partially motivated him to pursue the innovative and unique path that he trod, resulting in a silver lining to the cloud for all of us in the psychoanalytic world.
Attachment Theory: Working Towards Learned Security by Rhona M. Fear