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Mentalizing, attachment and epistemic trust in group therapy

Fonagy, P; Campbell, C; Bateman, A; (2017) Mentalizing, attachment and epistemic trust in group therapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy , 67 (2) pp. 176-201. 10.1080/00207284.2016.1263156. Green open access

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Abstract

The theory of mentalizing, the capacity to understand ourselves and others in terms of intentional mental states (i.e. needs, desires, feelings, beliefs, goals and reasons), is embedded in attachment thinking. The theory proposes that in the course of normal development, mentalizing is first experienced and supported in the context of attachment relationships. Secure attachment relationships, in which caregivers are interested in and attribute agency to the infant’s mind, create a safe environment in which the infant can start exploring other people’s minds (Fonagy & Luyten, 2016). The capacity for balanced mentalizing first emerges in these early interactional experiences, in which the infant finds himself reasonably accurately represented by the other as an intentional being with separate thoughts and feelings (Fonagy, Gergely, Jurist, & Target, 2002).

Type: Article
Title: Mentalizing, attachment and epistemic trust in group therapy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00207284.2016.1263156
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207284.2016.1263156
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy on 24 January 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207284.2016.1263156.
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/1527598
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