Category: attachment theory

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? […]

Wired to Connect: CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

  RELATIONAL POWER: CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Part 4 “…Emotional intelligence, according to Goleman (1995), includes the capacity to self-regulate, delay gratification, empathize, be selfaware, and motivate oneself. In extending his focus to social intelligence, Goleman (2006) considers both social awareness (primal empathy, attunement, empathic accuracy, social cognition) and […]

Wired to Connect – The Emotional Brain and “Feeling Felt”

  Part 3 “ATTUNEMENT: ‘‘FEELING FELT’’ Secure attachment is built on the attunement of the parent with the infant. Attunement entails both low- and high-road circuits; ‘‘primal empathy,’’ including nonverbal synchrony, is a subcortical, emotional resonance between individuals; and ‘‘empathic accuracy’’ requires activation of the prefrontal cortex as […]

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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