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Attachment Theory indicates scientifically how our earliest relationships with our moms effect our later relationships in existence. This publication deals a very good creation to the findings of attachment thought and the key faculties of psychoanalytic concept.

"The ebook each scholar, colleague, or even rival theoretician has been expecting. With attribute wit, philosophical sophistication, scholarship, humanity, incisiveness, and creativity, Fonagy succinctly describes the hyperlinks, transformations, and destiny instructions of his dual topics. [His publication] is destined to take its position as one in every of a pick out checklist of crucial psychology books of the decade."
-Jeremy Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, collage of Exeter

"Extraordinary--an valuable source for developmental psychoanalysis."
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In another study, children deemed to be securely attached obtained higher scores o n two assessments of emotional understanding, explained by their greater competence i n understanding negative emotions (Laible and T h o m p s o n 1998). A t t a c h m e n t classifi­ cation of first-graders predicted the extent to which children attributed benign motives to story characters (Cassidy et a l 1996). Infant attach­ ment has also been shown to predict performance o n theory of mind tasks (Fonagy 1997).

1994, Lewis and Feiring 1989, Youngblade a n d Belsky 1992). , i n press), dem­ onstrated substantial continuity o n a relatively small sample of 38 young adults i n terms of their partnership representations. T h e young adults' quality of discourse about their partnership was strongly predicted by a composite index of maternal sensitivity a n d valuing of attachment. Twenty-two-year-olds who had experienced a mother rated as sensitive to a pre-verbal as well as a verbal young child had a coherent discourse about their partnership w h i c h gave evidence of self-reflection and re­ spect of the partner's autonomy.

The Current Relationship Interview D r a w n up to be analogous to the A A I , the Current Relationship Interview assesses the security or insecurity of current attachment re­ lationships (Crowell and Owens 1996). A n interview is rated secure if the subject is able c o n v i n c i n g l y to describe his or her o w n a n d the partner's secure base behavior or describe negative partner behavior i n a coherent way. Dismissing and preoccupied interviews reflect insecu­ rity by idealization and anxious dissatisfaction respectively.

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