By Peter Fonagy
Winner of the 2003 Gradiva Award and the 2003 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship
Arguing for the significance of attachment and emotionality within the constructing human realization, 4 in demand analysts discover and refine the options of mentalization and have an effect on law. Their daring, full of life, and inspiring imaginative and prescient for psychoanalytic therapy combines components of developmental psychology, attachment conception, and psychoanalytic strategy. Drawing largely on case reports and up to date analytic literature to demonstrate their principles, Fonagy, Gergely, Jurist, and goal supply versions of psychotherapy perform which may allow the slow improvement of mentalization and have an effect on law even in sufferers with lengthy histories of violence or overlook.
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On the other, we need to be integrated into the social world, in which we must respect the separateness of other minds, while being able also to build flexible bridges across that separateness, to create close emotional and working relationships. Therapy only works when both intrapsychic and interpersonal aims are achieved, and this is where we believe that mentalizing affectivity plays a vital role. The Epilogue explores some of the implications of our ideas for psychopathology and psychotherapy in general.
Mentalized affectivity lies, we suggest, at the core of the psychotherapeutic enterprise. It represents the experiential understanding of one’s feelings in a way that extends beyond intellectual understanding. It is in this realm that we encounter resistances and defenses, not just against specific emotional experiences, but against entire modes of psychological functioning; not just distortions of mental representations standing in the way of therapeutic progress, but also inhibitions of mental functioning (Fonagy, Edgcumbe, Moran, Kennedy, and Target 1993).
3. Self. I. , is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London. He is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London. He is Consultant to the Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervising analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society in child and adult analysis. His clinical interests center around issues of borderline psychopathology, violence, and early attachment relationships.