Attachment Narrative Therapy by Rudi Dallos

By Rudi Dallos

What are the various vital connections among narrative, systemic and attachment cures? How do early emotional stories in households form our narratives approximately ourselves and our households? In what methods do kinfolk attachments form our narrative skills, equivalent to with the ability to consider and combine our stories? This publication units out a framework for perform – Attachment Narrative treatment – that offers a brand new method of operating with households, and participants. this isn't provided as a prescriptive version yet as an reduction and consultant to perform that pulls points of narrative and attachment remedy into systemic paintings. The synthesis of those principles deals clinicians a brand new integrative option to procedure their perform – one during which the 3 techniques are used to create a better entire than their constituent components. The ebook comprises: medical examples own reflections Frameworks for medical perform healing courses that come with info of the applying of middle strategies wide studying publications that supply connections to comparable concept and perform Attachment Narrative remedy is key interpreting for a large choice of therapists and counsellors besides researchers and running shoes in these fields. It additionally presents perception into sturdy perform for overall healthiness and social welfare execs within the sector of kinfolk and baby welfare.

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The failure to study the parental attachment system, including parents’ internal working models of attachment relationships, is a serious shortcoming of attachment theory (Bretherton 1985: 33–4) So extending a systemic analysis to the infant–parent dyad suggests that the child shapes and is not just shaped by the process. Some aspects of such a mutual process has also been explored in terms of, for example, infants’ temperament. Some babies are more active than others, some more easily frightened and distressed and so on, and this may impact on the mother’s responses (Belsky 1999; Vaugh and Bost 1999).

3 Anxious/ambivalent parent–child pattern: escalation often come to feel powerless. On the other hand, the parents may at the same time foster a sense of helplessness in the child by intrusive care and by fostering a sense of dependency. Hence, when the parents angrily withdraw this can in turn create a huge sense of rejection, anxiety and a helpless response from the child. In effect both parents and child become caught in a highly emotionally charged interactional process from which it becomes increasingly difficult to become disentangled.

It is suggested that this strategy broadens to distancing oneself from any form of distress whether it is attachment related or not. It involves active inattention to threatening events and personal vulnerabilities as well as suppression of thoughts and memories that might evoke distress. If this feature of the strategy does not work, for example if a painful memory is unexpectedly aroused by association, then the thoughts are actively suppressed or repressed. Broadly the strategy also involves withdrawing from close relationships, suppression of painful negative memories, repression of negative memories, failure to acknowledge negative feelings and denial of basic fears.

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