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John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (Makers of Modern Psychotherapy) [Paperback]

Jerry Holmes
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16 Sep 1993 Makers of Modern Psychotherapy
Attachment Theory is one of the most important theoretical developments in psychoanalysis to have emerged in the past half-century. It combines the rigorous scientific empiricism of ethology with the subjective insights of psychoanalysis, and has had an enormous impact in the fields of child development, social work, psychology, and psychiatry.
This is the first known book to appear which brings together John Bowlby and post-Bowlbian research and shows how the findings of Attachment Theory can inform the practice of psychotherapy. It also provides fascinating insights into the history of the psychoanalytic movement and looks at the ways in which Attachment Theory can help in the understanding of society and its problems.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (16 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415077303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415077309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a retired UK National Health Service Consultant Psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. I now work in private practice seeing patients once a week, and am visiting Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter, where we set up a psychoanalytic psychotherapy Masters and now Doctoral programme, combining academic with professional training in psychoanalytic work, especially for those working in the public sector.
I live on a farm in beautiful North Devon --in the middle of nowhere! In some ways that cuts me off from the mainstream of psychoanalytic and psychiatric life -- but it also enables me to develop my own ideas and to get an overview of the field, which is sometimes harder when is in the thick of things.
My main interest has been in Attachment Theory and I continue to follow the Attachment literature and in my writing to bring Attachment ideas to bear on psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Working part-time means that I can go to my desk most mornings for an hour or two where I try to read and write, before attending to the garden, family life with my wife, the garden, music, running, and learning Spanish (our grandson lives in Peru).
A recent book, Exploring In Security, is an example of this -- it is also a rather personal book trying to encapsulate some of the things I've learned about the day to day practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I wrote it by melding together material from a daily diary -- a sort of primitive blog -- with lectures and papers I've delivered over the past ten years or so, since my previous single-author book, The Search for the Secure Base.
Recently I've written quite a few papers for academic journals, usually arising out of lectures -- on The Superego, The place of Theory n Psychoanalytic work, Integrative approaches to Psychoanalysis, and Relational Psychoanalysis. I am currently interested in the topic of Intimacy, and I suspect my next book will explore that theme.
I've won a couple of awards recently: in 2009 I was awarded the New York Bowlby-Ainsworth award for contributions to Attachment Theory. In 2010 Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy won the Canadian Psychological Association Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy Goethe award for the best book of the year.
2012 sees my radical re-write of Anthony Storr's classic The Art of Psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis), a practical guide to the business of trying to help troubled people with psychotherapy. For publication 2013: with my friend and colleague Arietta Slade I am compiling a 6 volume collection of the 120 best Attachment papers since Bowlby began the whole Attachment movement (SAGE); I am updating John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (Routledge), which was written 25 years ago; The Therapeutic Imagination: using Literature to deepen Psychotherapeutic Understanding (Routledge) shows how great literature can help us as psychotherapists with its prototypical characters and capacity to capture the essence of what it is to be human. Projects for the future include Selected Papers, and a new book looking at psychic change and how psychotherapy helps to to acheive it.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 30 Jan 2009
By Alex
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This is an excellent book for an overview of Bowlby and his theories. This book is very readable and therefore much more accessible than many other more academic books. As a counselling student I would definitely recommend it to other students.
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As a student at University I have found this book to be very helpful in reviewing the work of Bowlby in a more modern style. The author reviews all Bowlby's theories and puts some interesting views on the subject of Attachment into focus. I would recommend this to anyone looking to do essays on Attachment without reading Bowlbys own work as this summarises his lifes work with good referencing for further research .
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By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is really helpful as a precursor to the John Bowlby trilogy Attachment, Separation & Loss or even as a stand alone insight into the genius of John Bowlby.

It has a really good glossary of terms which I recommend you actually read through first as this will also be helpful when reading the narrative.

The book has four main aims:
1. Present Bowlby's theory of attachment
2. A historical perspective on the evolution of Bowlby's ideas
3. The implications of these ideas for psychotherapy interventions
4. The enigma of why these ideas have become mainstream and yet "psychoanalysis" has somehow "avoided" the recognition that his theory warrants...

An interesting theme is how "key" relating is...
The relationship in psychotherapy is as important as the intervention - sometimes more so - and the need to "rebuild" normality when your world has been smashed to pieces by loss.

If you are studying psychotherapy then I would recommend this book before you delve deeper into the world of psychoanalysis.

If you are thinking about buying this book just because you're interested in attachment theory then it covers a very wide brief and is really helpful in putting some of his ideas into perspective. Especially where certain ideas have been "corrupted" for political or social gain.

Another really good bit of this book is the epilogue where the author Jeremy Holmes "wraps up" by writing a farewell letter to John Bowlby...

Well worth buying if you enjoy learning about why we do what we do...
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For any reader with a keen interest in how the adult personality is influenced by the child's relationship with Mother or equivilant, this book is a must.Useful for parents who can evaluate how it may relate to their own views on parenting styles.It is useful for personal discovery and those interested in why people behave as they do within adult relationships .
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This is a gem of a book and provides the reader with a great insight into how Bowlby came to see how there was more to the development of a bond between mother and child than had been heretofore accepted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 18 Feb 2013
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A really good book and full of interesting facts and information about the theory of bowbly some really good information thanks
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