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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books; New Ed edition (10 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855753561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855753563
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Peter Fonagy is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London. He is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London. He is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervising analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society in child and adult analysis. He has published over 200 chapters and articles and has authored or edited several books.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MsMoose on 30 Mar. 2013
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Despite two years in therapy using MBT, and being a Borderline for the past six years I still find this book a struggle to read, but if you persevere with it, you will find it is educational and informative. I personally bought it because I was planning a career in Mental Health Nurse, but by the time I reached the end of my MBT journey I realised I no longer wished to be a Mental Health Nurse, I had enough to deal with in terms of my own emotions!

Every professional who works with patients who have BPD, should make an effort to read this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Carter on 22 April 2010
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It took a number of attempts to really digest this immensely interesting book. In fact at times it was hard work but it was only pure determination that kept me going! The book is explaining complicated processes and at times the writing complicates it somewhat further. I was relieved to discover that some of my contemporaries also had the same experience and it was not just me!

But overall a book that is well worth investing the time in. It is most definitely a move forward from earlier theories of 'development of a sense of self' and has been invaluable in my own research on this issue. It certainly opened my eyes. In particular I like the concept of the 'Alien Self'. But you will have to read it for yourselves to find out what I am referring to!

I would most definitely read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy customer on 1 Nov. 2013
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I brought this for my MA studies and would definitely recommend for reference. It is written well and can't fault the subject matter.
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A major new approach to diagnosis & theory 10 April 2003
By Dr. Mark V. Mellinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Fonagy, et al present a thorough and careful reconsideration of the nature and etiology of psychological symptoms and syndromes. They integrate the latest relational concepts of psychoanalytic thinking with the latest concepts of neuropsychology. The result is both radically new and consistent with the best of the foundations of psychoanalyis (Pierre Janet's 19th century understanding of the role of trauma; Freud's pre-recantation focus on trauma).
The writing varies from chapter to chapter, apparently with different authors (not identified by chapter). It is consistently relevant and worthwhile, but some chapters are clearly written and easy to follow, while others are a bit turgid and require dedicated attention.
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changing the way we think of infant-parent interactions 25 Sept. 2003
By Cristina Ackerman, MSW - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and this theory provide a comprehensive framework for understanding both infant/human development AND infant-parent relationships. More importantly, the book suggests what exactly it is that clinicians are or strive to be doing as they implement infant-parent psychotherapy and other infant mental health interventions with high risk families. This book brought together years of my own self-study in IMH, helping me develop an integrated framework for my work with families of young children. Actually, this framework impacts the work I do with people of all ages. It helps me define what clinical practice is.
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Wonderful 6 Dec. 2004
By Charlie Sandover - Published on Amazon.com
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Mainstream psychoanalytic writing does not get any clearer, more useful, or more compassionate than this sober, rigorous examination of attachment theory and theory of mind in light of well-known psychoanalytic ideas. A masterpiece.
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GREAT BOOK!! 26 May 2013
By Dan-Bi Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Good selection of essential papers by Fonagy, and E.Jurist is a great writer! A MUST READ for people in this field.
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Great 3 Feb. 2015
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Great gift and good service for my sister
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