John Bowlby


Attachment as means, not as end:

The theory of epistemic trust

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Workshop: 10:00 – 13:00

Speaker: Nicola Lorenzini 

The popularity and usefulness of attachment theory is largely based on its clinical effectiveness and its capacity to predict future psychopathology and psychotherapeutic success based on the security of attachment early in life, which is carried on through adulthood. However, from an evolutionary point of view it is difficult to justify the existence of attachment strategies which are non-secure, as if they were a flaw in an otherwise natural process. In fact, it seems that non-secure attachment has an evolutionary advantage, because it presents an adaptive way to deal with a hostile environment. Problems then arise when the environment changes, but a number of people continue to exercise this, now inappropriate, mode of approaching social reality. Psychotherapy helps in many cases, but how? Though which mechanism does psychotherapy, and the attachment to the therapist achieve change? Fonagy and others posit the theory of epistemic trust as an answer to these questions. Psychotherapies which use attachment, as well as those which do not use this construct, are capable of bringing about change in several cases by reopening a shunted channel of social communication. This theory might be at the base of what we know as common factors in psychotherapy.

 Nicolas Lorenzini Correa, Chilean clinical psychologist resident in London. MSc in Psychoanalysis, PhD in Psychology. Currently working at University College London, The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, and Open Door Young People Service. Close collaborator of Professor Peter Fonagy. Speaks Spanish, English and German.

Venue: I Fairbridge Road, London N19 3 EW

IAN and AGIP/AppT members £15; Non-members £25

Registration will be necessary as places are limited.

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