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What touch can communicate: Commentary on “mentalizing homeostasis: The social origins of interoceptive inference” by Fotopoulou and Tsakiris

Fonagy, P; Campbell, C; (2017) What touch can communicate: Commentary on “mentalizing homeostasis: The social origins of interoceptive inference” by Fotopoulou and Tsakiris. Neuropsychoanalysis , 19 (1) pp. 39-42. 10.1080/15294145.2017.1294502. Green open access

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Abstract

The commentary begins by briefly summarizing some of the key ideas of the target paper and locates them within the context of the theories of attachment and mentalization, emphasizing how the idea of mentalizing homeostasis adds to the richness of these theories, and counters some of their possible weaknesses by reaffirming the highly physical nature and imperatives of early relationships. The authors go on to discuss physical touch as a form of communication, and of meta-communication, and speculate that responsive physical interaction constitutes the infant’s first affirmation of their knowledge of the world as valid, and as such it indicates to the infant the value of opening epistemic trust with trusted caregivers.

Type: Article
Title: What touch can communicate: Commentary on “mentalizing homeostasis: The social origins of interoceptive inference” by Fotopoulou and Tsakiris
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15294145.2017.1294502
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15294145.2017.1294502
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042711
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