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Pedersen, S.H. Poulsen, S. Lunn, S. (2014). Affect Regulation: Holding, Containing and Mirroring. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(5):843-864.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(5):843-864

Affect Regulation: Holding, Containing and Mirroring Language Translation

Signe Holm Pedersen, Stig Poulsen and Susanne Lunn

(Accepted for publication 22 November 2013)

Gergely and colleagues' state that their “Social Biofeedback Theory of Parental Affect Mirroring” can be seen as a kind of operationalization of the classical psychoanalytic concepts of holding, containing and mirroring. This article examines to what extent the social biofeedback theory of parental affect mirroring may be understood as a specification of these concepts. It is argued that despite similarities at a descriptive level the concepts are embedded in theories with different ideas of subjectivity. Hence an understanding of the concept of affect regulation as a concretization and specification of the classical concepts dilutes the complexity of both the concept of affect regulation and of the classical concepts.

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