A Matter of Security: The Application of Attachment Theory by Friedemann Pf¿fflin, Gwen Adshead

By Friedemann Pf¿fflin, Gwen Adshead

Topic of safety presents an account of the advance of arousal and impact legislation, which bargains a brand new state of mind approximately psychological problems in offenders. This publication additionally discusses the improvement of character by way of interpersonal functioning and relationships with others, that is necessary to realizing either interpersonal violence and irregular character improvement.

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Playfully supportive, child-focused intersubjective interpersonal interactions enable the infant and young child to register internal states as both causes and consequences of action. The reflective caregiver is required to make sense of the young child’s wishes, express her understanding of these, and help him to complete the action, if the two-way connection between intentions and action is to be established. The caregiver who is able to do this for the child in this way affirms that his mental representation ‘caused’ the completed action, strengthening his sense of himself as an agent.

The same process of the brutalization of affectional bonds can arise without the experience of physical harm, when the individual is forced to witness an attachment figure undergoing battering. The experience of shame and humiliation, followed by rage and a thirst for revenge, appear strikingly similar, regardless of whether the person is the victim of the THE DEVELOPMENTAL ROOTS OF VIOLENCE IN THE FAILURE OF MENTALIZATION 41 battering or a witness. The family is not always involved in the brutalization.

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