Affect Regulation and Mentalization

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Affect Regulation and Mentalization

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Winner of the 2003 Gradiva Award and the 2003 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship

Arguing for the importance of attachment and emotionality in the developing human consciousness, four prominent analysts explore and refine the concepts of mentalization and affect regulation. Their bold, energetic, and encouraging vision for psychoanalytic treatment combines elements of developmental psychology, attachment theory, and psychoanalytic technique. Drawing extensively on case studies and recent analytic literature to illustrate their ideas, Fonagy, Gergely, Jurist, and Target offer models of psychotherapy practice that can enable the gradual development of mentalization and affect regulation even in patients with long histories of violence or neglect.

Provides an exhaustive review of psychoanalytic and developmental psychological research. Employs a truly impressive array of detailed and engaging case studies. Puts forth a comprehensive theory for the way in which the abilities to mentalize (make and use mental representations of your own and other people's emotional states) and affect regulate (control one's own emotions as is appropriate to environment) can determine a person's successful development. Discusses the ways in which bad or insufficient parenting can leave children unable to modulate and interpret their own feelings, as well as the feelings of those around them. Considers the implications for personality disorders and general psychological problems of self-confidence, etc. Evaluates the role of psychoanalytic therapy in addressing this problem in patients, by teaching them in later life to develop these cognitive/emotional capabilities.

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'A remarkable synthesis of developmental theory and research on the evolution of the child's capacity for metallization (reflective functioning), affect regulation, and the sense of the self, and the contributions of the development of these functions to the understanding and treatment of psychological disturbances in children and adults. An intellectual and clinical tour de force, integrating diverse theory and data from neurobiology, behavioural genetics, the philosophy of the mind, and psychosocial development, always with the focus on understanding the nature of severe psychological disturbances and their treatment in the psychotherapeutic context. This volume will have a profound impact on both clinical practice and clinical research.'- Sidney J. Blatt, Ph.D, Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology, Yale University'This book is already a classic. It puts psychoanalysis on the contemporary scientific map and permits a thoughtful combination of the different psychoanalytic schools. On top of that, it has huge implications for clinical practice. What more could one want?'- Paul Verhaeghe, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychoanalysis, University of Ghent, Belgium'This is a book worth savoring, not just reading. The authors' breadth is truly staggering, traversing terrain from philosophy of mind, to developmental research on children's capacity to represent their own and others' mental states, to research on severe personality disorders, to clinical observations of infants, children and adults - all within a framework grounded in attachment theory. It is one of the first truly convincing efforts to show how the body of attachment research can actually influence the way we practice with many of our patients.' - Drew Westen'The four co-authors write in a clear single voice. Their collaboration makes the book stunning in its scope, powerfully reasoned, clinically rich in telling cases, and historically sophisticated...What an intellectual delight to have a book that stays in your mind, continues to challenge, and offers new directions for understanding.'- Ed Tronick, Ph.D., Chief of the Child Development Unit; Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

About the Author:

Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., F.B.A., is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at Univesity College London.

Gyorgy Gergely, Ph.D., is Director of the Developmental Psychology Laboratory of the Psychology Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Mary Target, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis at University College London.

Elliot L. Jurist, Ph.D., is Director of the PhD Program in Cinical Psychology, CUNY, and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

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