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Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This book undertakes to demontrate that the relationship between attachment theory and psychoanalysis is more complex than adherants of either community generally recognize. Beginning with a brief overview of attachment theory and some key findings of attachment research, and continuing through psychoanalytic approaches from Freud to Daniel Stern, this book offers a unique ...more
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Published December 31st 2001 by Karnac Books (first published 2001)
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Before reading this book, I'd thought that attachment theory was a popular, contemporary dilution of psychoanalytic tenets so the latter could be smuggled into clinics and agencies; attachment theory has some empirical backing and would thus be more acceptable than psychoanalytic techniques to insurance companies and the general population, but both theories centrally posit that mother's responses to infant's needs have lifelong repercussions, and for both, therapy essentially consists in repare ...more
Paul Johnston
I found this book a real slog - maybe it was just not for me! I suppose it does what it says on the tin - comparing psychoanalytic and attachment theorist approaches, but it is very detailed and the main message is: quite a lot of overlaps but also many differences. To find this book interesting and useful you probably need to be someone with a highly specialised interest :-)
Apr 30, 2007 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in current trends in psychoanalysis
Shelves: psychology
Fonagy outlines object-relations theory and how it interacts psychoanalytic theory. While it's a decent introduction, it's written with a lot of jargon, so it helps to have some basic understanding of psychoanalytic and object-relations terminology before beginning.
For some reason, I just couldn't bring myself to put this book down.
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