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By Susan Goldberg, Roy Muir, John Kerr

ISBN-10: 0881633291

ISBN-13: 9780881633290

At a historical convention in Toronto in October 1993, developmental researchers and clinicians got here jointly for the 1st time to discover the consequences of present wisdom of attachment. This quantity is the end result in their labors. It bargains leading edge ways to the certainty of such varied scientific themes as baby abuse, borderline character sickness, dissociation, adolescent suicide, therapy responsiveness, fake reminiscence, narrative competence, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma.

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In Frost's (1952) Mending Wall, he says: Something there is that doesn't love a wall That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it 42 JEREMY HOLMES And spills the upper boulders in the sun ... I let my neighbour know before the fall And on a dry day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again ... There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard My apple trees will never get across To eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, "good fences make good neighbors.

An obsessional avoidance of cracks in the pavement is JOHN BOWLBY 35 a poor preparation for the abysses of adulthood. The Adult Attachment Interview has enabled links to be made between the attachment status of infants and narrative pattems-"autobiographical competence" (Holmes, 1993a)-in later life. The clinical resonance of this work is very strong. The patient'S narrative is the raw material of therapy and provides clues to the interactional matrix out of which it emerged. Discontinuities in the way a person tells his story reflect breaks in the holding environment in childhood.

Each of these papers was later expanded into an entire volume: Attachment (Bowlby, 1969), Separation (Bowlby, 1973), and Loss (Bowlby, 1980). Each paper, although JOHN80WLBY 25 typically scholarly and rigorous in its presentation, makes a simple but, in the face of the prevailing Kleinian orthodoxy, revolutionary point. First, there is a primary attachment bond between mother and child, "wired in" (Mitchell, 1988) from birth, which does not depend on "oral drive" or reward by feeding and whose evolutionary function was protection from predation.

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