By Jeremy Holmes
Attachment conception is at the cutting edge of a conceptual revolution. It bargains a brand new paradigm which could synthesize right into a extra coherent complete the simplest principles from psychoanalysis, cognitive technological know-how, and neurobiology. With its emphasis on relationships, attachment idea is determinedly humanistic, whereas protecting the medical energy of Darwinian ethnology. Attachment idea offers an total framework for wondering relationships, or extra correctly, approximately these points of relationships which are formed through risk and the necessity for protection, issues which are relevant to the paintings of psychotherapy. during this publication Jeremy Holmes explores the contribution of attachment conception to daily psycho-therapeutic perform the place sufferers tend to be noticeable as soon as weekly, or much less, for not more than to 3 years.
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The British Psychoanalytic Society that Bowlby joined in the 1930s was in turmoil, riven between Melanie Klein and her mostly British followers, and the Viennese refugees who clustered around Anna Freud and her father after their arrival in London in 1938. Freud was clearly not immortal, and the question of who was to succeed him was on everybody's mind. Bowlby's analyst was the leading Kleinian Joan Riviere, who was also Winnicott's analyst, and one of his supervisors was Klein herself. Bowlby, like everyone else, was caught up in this struggle.
Here we have attachment without intimacy. By destroying the child's autonomy, the abuser also destroys the possibility of intimacy. There is often a vicious circle, based on the attachment dynamic, in which the more the child is traumatized, the more she clings to her attachment figure, who thereby is encouraged to perpetrate further abuse, and so on. The abused child is likely also to deny the existence of her abuser's mind, since not to do so would be to face the unacceptable fact that those one loves and on whom one depends have malevolent intentions.
Tony, like himself, was a highly intelligent and vigorous little boy with whom there was an intense but generally amicable rivalry; only thirteen months separated them and they were dressed and treated almost as twins. Jim, his younger brother, was by Bowlby standards considered backward, which worried John and may well have influenced his eventual choice of career. He was very excited when in his teens he read about monkey gland extract (thyroxine), hoping that the answer to Jim's difficulties had been found.
Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy by Jeremy Holmes