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Winner of the 2003 Gradiva Award and the 2003 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship Arguing for the significance of attachment and emotionality within the constructing human recognition, 4 renowned analysts discover and refine the techniques of mentalization and impact law. Their daring, vigorous, and inspiring imaginative and prescient for psychoanalytic remedy combines components of developmental psychology, attachment conception, and psychoanalytic approach. Drawing broadly on case experiences and up to date analytic literature to demonstrate their rules, Fonagy, Gergely, Jurist, and objective supply versions of psychotherapy perform that could let the sluggish improvement of mentalization and have an effect on law even in sufferers with lengthy histories of violence or overlook.

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We t h e n i n t e r p r e t t h e s e d a t a a n d speculations in t h e context of c u r r e n t models of theory-of-mind development. REFLECTIVE FUNCTION OR MENTALIZATION: A HISTORICAL CONTEXT C o n c e p t s a n d i d e a s a r o u n d t h e notion of affect a n d self a b o u n d a n d have a n extraordinarily rich history in philosophy a n d psychology. , Bracken 1996; Cicchetti a n d Toth 1994). Psychological interest in t h e self is u s u a l l y traced to W. J a m e s ' s (1890, 1892) distinction of two a s p e c t s of t h e self: t h e "I" (self a s subject) a n d t h e "Me" (self a s object).

Ratings of t h e quality of t h e reflective function of e a c h caregiver were found i n d e p e n d e n t l y to predict t h e child's security of a t t a c h m e n t in t h e London Parent-Child S t u d y (Fonagy, Steele, Moran, Steele, a n d Higgitt 1991). If s e c u r e a t t a c h m e n t is t h e o u t c o m e of successful containment, i n s e c u r e a t t a c h m e n t m a y be seen a s t h e infant's identification with t h e caregiver's defensive behavior. Proximity to t h e caregiver is m a i n t a i n e d a t t h e cost of reflective function.

The P s y c h o a n a l y t i c C o n c e p t of R e f l e c t i v e F u n c t i o n Various n o t i o n s h a v e b e e n introduced in t h e psychoanalytic literature to d e n o t e m e n t a l p r o c e s s e s t h a t overlap with t h e cons t r u c t of mentalization, u n d e r p i n n e d by RF. S p a c e does n o t permit a n e x h a u s t i v e review, b u t some of t h e s e should be mentioned, a s t h e y m a y a s s i s t t h e r e a d e r in m a k i n g links between t h e c u r r e n t c o n s t r u c t s a n d t h o s e proposed by other writers.

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