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Adult Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy: The 'Secure Base' by Christopher Clulow

By Christopher Clulow

Grownup Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy brings examine and perform views to undergo at the grownup couple dating, and gives a framework for assessing and dealing with safe and insecure partnerships. The publication makes use of shiny illustrations from scientific and neighborhood paintings and gives stimulating interpreting for all these desirous about this box who desire to re-assess their types of perform.

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To reduce anxiety, the infant’s behaviour comes to fit or complement that of the attachment figure – it is adaptive or strategic within that relationship. Nevertheless, exploration is compromised because of the child’s lack of confidence in parental availability and responsiveness. Attachment representations Bowlby (1982) hypothesised that individuals develop an attachment representation of the functioning and significance of close relationships – that is, the sum of a person’s beliefs and expectations about how attachment relationships operate and what one gains from them.

In this couple pattern there is a high level of open disagreement and conflict because each partner, while demanding that the other satisfy their chronic and insatiable dependency needs, at the same time rejects any response as inadequate. In this pairing there is the asymmetry within the individual that is characteristic of the ambivalent position, as well as asymmetry in the system, as each partner competes for the dependent position while simultaneously resisting it. Dismissing/preoccupied couple attachment We have reason to suppose that this is a common pattern in couples presenting for therapy, and it may be a gender-specific pattern.

In it I outline some basic assumptions underpinning the work of practitioners who are informed by attachment and object relations theories, and consider the therapeutic process as a co-research endeavour for couples and their therapists, one that shares some features of attachment research methods. In Chapter 6, Jenny Riddell and Avi Shmueli join me in presenting two contrasting perspectives of a couple in therapy. One is drawn from the results of Adult Attachment Interviews conducted with each partner; the other derives from data (and especially counter-transference data) generated within the context of therapy.

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