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The widening scope of mentalizing: A discussion


Correspondence should be addressed to Peter Fonagy, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK (e-mail:


The editors of this special issue have commissioned us to bring together some of the conceptual and empirical research presented in six intriguing papers that illustrate the widening scope of mentalization. Our discussion will look at each paper in turn, but bring ideas and findings from the other papers into focus when relevant.