Category: attachment disorder

Insecure Attachment Styles and Lack of Emotion Regulation Prompt Defense Mechanisms?

In Recovery circles and groups we are often struck by the common use of ego defense mechanisms in negotiating social  interactions. We have often queried why such a common use of these maladaptive means of regulating one’s emotions and one’s self, if you like, when interacting with others? […]

Compassion-Focused Therapy

  Part 4 “Theory Underlying Compassion-Focused Therapy The neurobiological model of CFT sees key anxieties as emerging from the interaction between the life history of the person and the “tricky” nature of our evolved brains (Gilbert, 2000, 2009, 2014). Traumatic memories are tagged by the brain’s threat-based alarm system, […]

Impact of Trauma on Compassion

Part 2 Impact of Trauma on Compassion “The capacity to be sensitive to suffering and the motivation to facilitate well-being are connected to a sense of belonging and secure safe relationships (Gilbert, 2009). Such social conditions create internal capacities to regulate emotion and the ability to trust in […]

Alcohol Addiction and the Attachment System

Attachment Style, Alexithymia, and Psychiatric Disorders in Alcoholic Inpatients This excellent article (1) presented the idea, formulated by Fonagy et al. (2002) that the way people’s attachment system is organized, corresponds both with their representational capacities and with their style of relating to others. They combine a measurement […]

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