Attachment Theory: Working Towards Learned Security by Rhona M. Fear

By Rhona M. Fear

Attachment idea has persisted to conform because the loss of life of John Bowlby in 1990. some of the most fresh and fascinating advancements within the thought matters the idea that of “earned security”. the writer has taken this idea and built it subtly on the way to advertise the way in which that it really is attainable for the therapist to explicitly commit herself within the consulting room to the availability of an atmosphere the place the buyer learns to internalize a feeling of owning a “secure base”.

The publication takes the fundamental rules of attachment thought and integrates it with different relational theories, akin to these of Stolorow, Brandchaft and Atwood’s “intersubjective viewpoint” and Heinz Kohut’s “psychology of the self”. the writer takes us via this method step by step, constructing an integrative, relational thought which, if applied clinically, can help practitioners to permit their consumers to realize a feeling of “learned security”: a feeling of getting a safe base to which to come back to in occasions of vulnerability.

Many consumers unfortunately leave out this degree of improvement of their attachment histories because of developmental deficit and trauma. by means of focusing on delivering a safe base for the customer within the healing surroundings, a seminal switch can happen in the client’s psychic association. The e-book incorporates a part which covers how such developmental deficits normally occur.

The integrative concept that the writer promulgates is evidenced by means of the presentation of 4 prolonged case stories; in a single, the customer himself has written a story of the way he deems his treatment to have labored. it truly is strange for us as practitioners to discover our consumers ready to write down a story of the healing procedure, and it really is fresh to be supplied with a client’s standpoint.

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Father, too, was an unavailable, distant object, having given most of his time to his vocation. John’s upbringing meant, in reality, that while he remained a devoted campaigner for the rights of the child, sensitive and with “an inner calm” (Phelps Brown, 1992), he would allow few people to get close to him. It is possible that if he had undertaken Mary Ainsworth’s strange situation test, he would have been categorised as insecure–avoidant (I define this typology later in this chapter). This is as a result of having a carer who was only available on her terms.

In similar vein, a mother who might sometimes tolerate anger from the child, while at others being openly rejecting of his demeanour, is acting in such a way as to construct insecure attachment in her youngster. Mother might seem preoccupied when playing with the child or baby, or just not be able to be attuned (Stern, 1985) and responsive to him. It is the quality of the interaction rather than the quantity that matters. Passive contact does not necessarily promote secure attachment (see Gerhardt’s (2014) case study of Kirstie and Millie in Odgers, 2014, pp.

I undertook to write this book in order to share with a wider audience of practising psychotherapists and counsellors this integrative approach to psychotherapy. I hope that it may encourage further debate that will lead to further development. This book is an attempt to present the underlying ideology that has been born over many years as a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Above all, the theory of learned security represents a summation of the way in which I think psychotherapy can best function as an effective instrument, carefully crafted by the therapist and used with skill to assist her client to develop a clearer sense of “autobiographical competence” (Holmes, 2010, p.

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