6. Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship in the Treatment of Personality Disorder

  1. Phil Willmot1 and
  2. Neil Gordon2
  1. Louise Sainsbury

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470973110.ch6

Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective

Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective

How to Cite

Sainsbury, L. (2010) Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship in the Treatment of Personality Disorder, in Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective (eds P. Willmot and N. Gordon), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470973110.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Rampton Hospital, UK

  2. 2

    Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University, UK

Author Information

  1. Rampton Hospital, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Personality Disorders

Book Series Editors:

  1. Eddie Kane

Series Editor Information

  1. Personality Disorder Institute, University of Nottinghamm UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683804

Online ISBN: 9780470973110

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Keywords:

  • therapeutic relationship - attachment theory and therapeutic relationship in treatment of personality disorder;
  • attachment theory - about personality development;
  • attachment theory's evidence - in child and adult populations;
  • primary areas of difficulty in personality disorder - predominantly within interpersonal relationships;
  • core features of four attachment patterns - within clinical research literature in child and adult studies;
  • adult attachment interview (AAI) - to assess adults' attachment system in relation to their childhood experiences;
  • insecure-avoidant attachment style - characterized by exclusion of emotional expression;
  • therapeutic relationship - as a secure attachment relationship;
  • affect regulation, a central difficultly - in all personality disorders, regulation of affect;
  • unthought known, reflective function and mentalization

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Summary of attachment patterns

  • The therapeutic relationship as a secure attachment relationship

  • Attachment and affect regulation

  • Avoidant attachment patterns and the deactivating of emotions

  • Preoccupied attachment and the hyperactivating of emotions

  • The unthought known, reflective function and mentalization

  • Conclusions

  • References