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By Joseph H. Obegi PsyD, Ety Berant PhD

Written with the practising psychotherapist in brain, this necessary booklet provides state of the art wisdom on grownup attachment and explores the results for daily scientific perform. best specialists illustrate how idea and learn during this dynamic quarter can tell evaluation, case formula, and medical determination making. The ebook places such options because the safe base, mentalization, and attachment kinds in a brand new mild by way of concentrating on their application for realizing the healing courting and approaches of swap. It bargains ideas for incorporating attachment rules and instruments into particular remedy methods, with separate chapters on psychoanalytic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and emotionally concentrated cures. (20100101)

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That is, the search for support, protection, and security is not only a goal in itself, but also an important foundation for attaining many non-attachment-related goals. , 1978). , talking, calling someone on the telephone, sending an e-mail or text message), as well as mentally activating soothing, comforting representations of attachment figures or even self-representations associated with these figures (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2004). Such cognitive–affective representations can infuse a person with a heightened sense of security and allow him or her to continue pursuing other goals without having to interrupt them to engage in actual bids for proximity and protection.

Through this process, a person learns to adjust his or her attachment system to fit contextual demands and rely on expectations about possible access routes to protection and security. These working models are thought to be the basis of both current individual differences in attachment strategies, or styles, and within-person continuity in the operation of the attachment system over time. According to Bowlby (1973, 1988), variations in working models, and hence in attachment system functioning, depend on the availability, sensitivity, and responsiveness of attachment figures in times of need.

Main and Solomon (1990) later added a fourth category, disorganized/disoriented, characterized by odd, awkward behavior and unusual fluctuations between anxiety and avoidance. Infants classified as secure in the Strange Situation typically react to separation from their mothers with observable signs of distress, but they recover quickly upon reunion with their mothers and return to exploring the many interesting toys provided in the Strange Situation room. , 1978). Avoidant infants’ reactions are quite different and seem to indicate attachment system deactivation.

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