You’ll hear Kagan question the evidence that forms the basis of Attachment Theory, including what he considers to be unconvincing assumptions underlying the theory. He’ll also talk about how to distinguish the roles of temperament and attachment in human development. Siegel will both present the evidence for Attachment Theory and explain how it provides a map for effective clinical practice. This not-to-be-missed dialogue will help you clarify your position on whether and how to apply Attachment Theory in your own clinical work.
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., has conducted groundbreaking research on inborn temperament, personality, and the interaction of biology and psychology. His many books include Temperamental Thread: How Genes, Culture, Time and Luck Make Us Who We Are, Galen’s Prophecy, and An Argument for Mind.
Daniel Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he’s coinvestigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and codirector of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He’s the executive director of the Mindsight Institute and the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. His books include Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and the forthcoming Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology and The Developing Mind, 2nd Edition.