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Kieffer, C.C. (2015). Attachment and Psychoanalysis: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications. By Morris N. Eagle. New York: Guilford Press, 2013, vi + 241 pp., $36.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(2):357-362.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(2):357-362

Attachment and Psychoanalysis: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications. By Morris N. Eagle. New York: Guilford Press, 2013, vi + 241 pp., $36.00.

Review by:
Christine C. Kieffer

At the beginning of Morris Eagle's comprehensive book on attachment theory and its relevance to psychoanalysis, he quotes Stephen Mitchell (1998) as reassuring an imaginary junior colleague that he will one day recover from a sense of guilt (he must have been a fellow psychologist) about not pursuing clinical research. This depreciating, dismissive view of the importance of research, Eagle observes, is all too common among clinicians, particularly psychoanalysts, who tend to view research as almost fundamentally opposed to—perhaps even detrimental to—an immersion in clinical practice. The view Eagle alludes to includes the related assumption, often implicit, that a sustained commitment to research will likely result in a clinician whose work with patients is shallow, anchored too firmly in actual events, and relatively dismissive of unconscious fantasy.

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