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Eagle, M. (2017). Attachment Theory and Research and Clinical Work. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(5):284-297.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(5):284-297

Attachment Theory and Research and Clinical Work

Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D.

In considering the contributions of attachment theory and research to individual psychotherapy with adults—the focus of this article—the starting point is the therapist’s role as a secure base from which the patient can safely engage in self-exploration. I discuss the barriers to the patient’s ability to subjectively experience the therapist as a secure base and the necessary therapeutic ingredients for these barriers to be attenuated. I also discuss the nature of therapeutic action from the perspective of a therapeutic approach informed by attachment theory and research. And finally, there is some discussion devoted to the contributions of attachment theory and research to an understanding of psychopathology.

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