Winter 2000 | The Role of Attachment Functions in Psychotherapy | Research

The authors propose to clarify concepts of emotional attunement and failures of attunement in early development derived from theoretical and clinical work (Kohut) and infant psychiatry (Stern). Early attunement failures are experienced as shameful by the infant/child, and without repair, they form a nidus for later destructive adult interpersonal relationships, “social blindness,” and depression. More

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