Attachment theory occupies an integrative position between psychodynamic therapy and various perspectives within empirical psychology. Since therapy began, its way of thinking has been to interpret mental processes in relation to meaningful psychological objects between children and parents, partners, friends, and within individual therapy. This volume summarises the research literature relating to attachment theory in developmental psychology in order to clarify conclusions that support practice. Part 1 considers the received wisdom about attachment, and summarises the literature and what it means for understanding relationships and defences as part of development. Part 2 considers attachment in relation to emotional regulations, while part 3 applies the clarified understanding of attachment processes to inform assessment and therapy, and more broadly, mental health work in general. The ideas of Sigmund Freud and John Bowlby are used to reinvigorate psychodynamic practice.

part I|88 pages

The Received Wisdom about Attachment

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part I

chapter ONE|30 pages

Attachment phenomena and their background

chapter TWO|32 pages

The standard interpretation and its processes

chapter THREE|22 pages

Psychodynamics, motivation, and defence

part II|61 pages

The Role of Attachment in Reducing Distress

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part II

chapter FOUR|17 pages

Meta-representation and motivation

chapter FIVE|19 pages

The good life is correcting imbalance

chapter SIX|19 pages

Achieving rebalance

part III|89 pages

Increasing Security as a Condition of Successful Therapy

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter SEVEN|26 pages

Psychodynamics of attaching

chapter EIGHT|25 pages

Attachment processes in assessment

chapter NINE|21 pages

Some complex cases

chapter TEN|9 pages

Conclusion: therapy as secure process