John Bowlby and Attachment Theory
Routledge – 1993 – 264 pages
Series: 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.
'This is a book to treasure: thought-provoking, stimulating and illustrative of how John Bowlby's ideas are 'alive' today and I would recommend this book to any counsellor/therapist interested in attachment theory: it is packed with information, articulately presented, and generally jargon free.' - Counselling, May 94
'A great corrective to the generation who may have only known Bowlby as that man who condemned mums to stay at home.' - Susie Orbach, Guardian
'An excellent overview of Bowlby's view of the interactive nature of development and how an understanding of this can be applied to the attachment processes of relationships such as psychotherapy.' - The Lancet
Part I: Origins Chapter. Introduction. Biographical. Maternal Deprivation. Part II: Attachment Theory. Attachment, Anxiety, Internal Working Models. Loss, Anger and Grief. Attachment Theory and Personality Development: The Research Evidence. Part III: Implications. Bowlby and the Inner World: Attachment Theory and Psychoanalysis. Attachment Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy. Attachment Theory and Psychiatric Disorder. Attachment Theory and Society. Epilogue