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March/April 2011

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The Great Attachment Debate

How important is early experience?

Editor's Letter
By Richard Simon

FEATURES

The Attuned Therapist
By Mary Sykes Wylie and Lynn Turner
In recent years, attachment theory, with its emphasis on early bonding, connection and relationship, has exerted as much influence over the field of psychotherapy as any other perspective. Why then do some critics believe that it's sending therapists off on the wrong track?

Bringing Up Baby
By Jerome Kagan

While therapists may consider some intuitively appealing ideas about human development—like attachment theory—beyond dispute, the researcher's job is to challenge unproven explanations shaped more by our biases and preconceptions than by hard evidence.

The Verdict Is In
By Alan Sroufe and Daniel Siegel

Fifty years of research has confirmed that the emotional quality of our earliest attachment relationships is central to our well-being as adults.

The Nightgown
By Bruce Jay Friedman

A determined patient searches for therapeutic insight from an unlikely source.

 

 

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DEPARTMENTS

Clinician's Digest
By Garry Cooper

  • Disputing the vaccine–autism link
  • The continuing furor over DSM-5
  • Psychologists fact checking Wikipedia
  • Therapists who talk too much

In Consultation
By Gina Pera
Adult AD/HD too often goes unrecognized.

Case Study
By Janina Fisher and Pat Ogden
Putting the power of neuroplasticity to work in the consulting room.
-Commentary By Susan Aposhyan

Point of View
By Ryan Howes

Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine has stirred up plenty of controversy by arguing that men and women have very different brains.

Bookmarks
By Diane Cole
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
A modern look at cancer treatment through the ages.

Family Matters
By Kim Sutton Allouche
A cyber relationship revives a marriage in the doldrums.