Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy: The 'Secure Base' by Christopher Clulow

By Christopher Clulow

Grownup Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy brings examine and perform views to endure at the grownup couple courting, and gives a framework for assessing and dealing with safe and insecure partnerships. The e-book makes use of vibrant illustrations from scientific and neighborhood paintings and gives stimulating analyzing for all these desirous about this box who desire to re-assess their versions of perform.

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Whether we are talking about an infant responding to separations from and reunions with his or her caregiver, or the manner in which an adult recalls and describes parental relationships from childhood, the focus is on an individual’s attachment experiences vis-à-vis the attachment figure. When distressed, the child turns to the parent for comfort and reassurance. Or again, the adult recalls the memories of the times s/he turned (or didn’t turn) to the parent. In each case, one individual is in the dependent position and the other is in the dependedon position.

Their organisation of thought is typically confused, disjointed, entangled and marked by a preoccupied anger towards their parents. Like the Patterns of relating in the couple 19 disorganised infants in the SST, some adults on the AAI demonstrate a disorganised, disorientated organisation of thought that is specifically related to issues of death, abuse and/or other instances of trauma. They are classified ‘unresolved/disorganised’ and also given an alternative classification. ) How is attachment, as assessed by the SST in infancy, related to representational models of attachment in adulthood?

In considering these questions, contributors invite a dialogue between the paradigms of attachment and object relations theories, as well as between process aspects of research and practice. Chapter 5 introduces this section by considering the implications of attachment theory and research for recasting the nature of the therapeutic frame for psychoanalytic work with couples. In it I outline some basic assumptions underpinning the work of practitioners who are informed by attachment and object relations theories, and consider the therapeutic process as a co-research endeavour for couples and their therapists, one that shares some features of attachment research methods.

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