Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self

Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self

Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self

Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781590511619
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 04/17/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 652,241
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Theoretical Perspectives — Attachment and Reflective Function: Their Role in Self-Organization — Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Affects and Affect Regulation — The Behavior Geneticist's Challenge to a Psychosocial Model of the Development of Mentalization — Developmental Perspectives — The Social Biofeedback Theory of Affect-Mirroring: The Development of Emotional Self-Awareness and Self-Control in Infancy — The Development of an Understanding of Self and Agency — "Playing with Reality": Developmental Research and a Psychoanalytic Model for the Development of Subjectivity — Marked Affect-Mirroring and the Development of Affect-Regulative Use of Pretend Play — Developmental Issues in Normal Adolescence and Adolescent Breakdown — Clinical Perspectives — The Roots of Borderline Personality Disorder in Disorganized Attachment — Psychic Reality in Borderline States — Mentalized Affectivity in the Clinical Setting — Epilogue

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