Treating Attachment Pathology

By (author) Jon Mills

Publication date:

31 March 2005

Length of book:

388 pages


Jason Aronson, Inc.

ISBN-13: 9780765701305

This book rectifies a much neglected area in the conceptualization and treatment of attachment disorders. The interface between attachment, psychic structure, and character pathology has been largely ignored in the clinical literature until recent years, and when discussed, it has been generally relegated to the domain of child psychopathology. Because human attachment is such a basic aspect to motivation and adjustment, attachment disruptions in childhood color psychic development and often leave deep and enduring deficits in personality and adaptive functioning. The author shows that patients with attachment deficiencies and associated characterological vulnerabilities have fundamental structural deficits in personality organization that lie at the heart of our current understanding of disorders of the self.
Offering the first comprehensive paradigm on the psychoanalytic treatment of adult and adolescent attachment disorders, Jon Mills argues that attachment pathology is a disorder of the self based on developmental trauma that predisposes patients toward a future trajectory marked by structural deficits, character pathology, and interpersonal discord that fuel and sustain myriad forms of clinical symptomatology. This pivotal work constitutes a treatise on the governing psychic processes of attachment on self-organization, adaptation, and conflicted intersubjective dynamics in non-childhood populations, and on the intervening relational parameters in treating their emergent clinical pathologies.
Through conceptually astute technical strategies grounded in sold clinical practice, the author offers one of the most extensive and original frameworks in the psychoanalytic treatment of attachment disorders.
It is a rare treat indeed and one that is increasingly uncommon to have the richest, most detailed clinical material presented alongside tightly organized and coherent clinical theory. This book is of immense practical value. In teaching simple but effective therapeutic techniques, the book succeeds in identifying a previously frequently overlooked set of clinical problems and in meeting these in the most powerful way that modern analytic technique is able to muster. This book is an absolute gem!