The Search for the Secure Base: Attachment Theory and by Jeremy Holmes

By Jeremy Holmes

In contemporary a long time, attachment conception has won frequent curiosity and popularity, even if the relevance of attachment thought to medical perform hasn't ever been transparent. The look for the safe Base exhibits how attachment idea can be utilized therapeutically. Jeremy Holmes introduces an exhilarating new attachment paradigm in psychotherapy with adults, describing the foundations and perform of attachment-informed treatment in a fashion that may be beneficial to novices and skilled therapists alike. Illustrated with quite a lot of scientific examples, this publication may be welcomed by way of practitioners and trainees in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and in lots of different disciplines.

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Areas of pain and vulnerability will inevitably come into play. Thus, paradoxically, a certain maturity is needed – confidence in the coherence and survivability of the self – for the child-like regression that is inherent in intimacy to take place successfully. The three main variants of insecure attachment provide a useful framework for thinking about the vicissitudes of this process. The avoidant individual sacrifices intimacy for an exaggerated form of autonomy, while the ambivalent person gives up autonomy for the sake of a dependent form of intimacy (Holmes 1996).

Telephone conversations are literally disembodied – a relationship mediated by vocal means alone and, as with the patient on the couch, thereby more likely to be under the sway of phantasy compared with face-to-face interaction. Kate: avoidance in therapy Patients with avoidant styles characteristically have harsh unmodulated voice timbres, often at variance with an imploring or pleading look in their eyes. Kate, who was childless and in her mid-forties, had been married three times and sought help with the unremitting depression that seemed to follow the inevitable breaks of her relationships.

E. represses his neediness and rage) as well as her. How do we square this rather cynical view with the psychoanalytic valuation of self-knowledge and attempts to lessen the power of defences? There are two answers to this. First, the weaker one’s position, the more the need for deception – of self and others. From an evolutionary perspective, after the first few weeks of life, there is a potential conflict between the needs of the mother and those of the child. The child wants as much as he can get – love, attention, food, protection – from the mother.

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