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The interpersonal interpretive mechanism: The confluence of genetics and attachment theory in development

Fonagy, P; (2004) The interpersonal interpretive mechanism: The confluence of genetics and attachment theory in development. In: Emotional Development in Psychoanalysis, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience: Creating Connections. (pp. 103-122).

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Abstract

© 2003 selection and editorial matter; Viviane Green: individual chapters, the contributors. Our understanding of the interrelationship of genetic predisposition, experiences in the first 3 years of life and psychological disturbance in later development is currently in something of a flux. We are all mesmerized by the rapid unfolding of scientific understanding concerning the genetic transmission of disease. This has raised the welcome possibility of a cure-gene therapy-for many deadly and painful illnesses and disabilities. ' Genomics’, the process of identifying the specific function of individual genes, has become the best-funded and most aggressively pursued subject in the field of biology and medicine. In the behavioural and social sciences the influence is also beginning to be felt; unfortunately principally detracting from its standing in models of disease causation. The discovery of genetic influences appears to have profoundly undermined interest in the psychological and the social and strengthened an already powerful move towards biological reductionism. The shifts in implicit and explicit scientific understanding to favour genetic determination of psychological problems and characteristics has begun to impact on all our attitudes towards the psychological as a pivotal causal influence and an appropriate level of analysis for the understanding of mental disorder.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The interpersonal interpretive mechanism: The confluence of genetics and attachment theory in development
ISBN: 1583911359
ISBN-13: 9781583911358
DOI: 10.4324/9780203420362-12
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/134296
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