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The role of mentalizing and epistemic trust in the therapeutic relationship

Fonagy, P; Allison, E; (2014) The role of mentalizing and epistemic trust in the therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy 10.1037/a0036505. Green open access

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Abstract

Mentalizing-the capacity to understand others' and one's own behavior in terms of mental states-is a defining human social and psychological achievement. It involves a complex and demanding spectrum of capacities that are susceptible to different strengths, weakness, and failings; personality disorders are often associated with severe and consistent mentalizing difficulties (Fonagy & Bateman, 2008). In this article, we will argue for the role of mentalizing in the therapeutic relationship, suggesting that although mentalization-based treatment may be a specific and particular form of practice, the "mentalizing therapist" is a universal constituent of effective psychotherapeutic interventions.

Type: Article
Title: The role of mentalizing and epistemic trust in the therapeutic relationship
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1037/a0036505
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036505
Language: English
Additional information: © APA. This is the authors' accepted version of this published article. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
UCL classification: UCL
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/1428567
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