Attachment and Interaction traces the early roots of attachment theory and the work of its creator, John Bowlby, presenting recent theoretical developments and their clinical applications in an accessible style. Bringing new and original ideas to the main theoretical points, the author explores such questions as how attachment theory can guide a critical exploration of how therapists work with their patients, and what the practical implications are of using such an approach.
The book is divided into four parts. In the first, Marrone relates basic concepts from John Bowlby's seminal work to recent developments in attachment theory and research. The second part is an exploration of the relationship between attachment theory and contemporary psychoanalytic ideas, and part three discusses the clinical application of attachment theory to individual and group analysis, including a critique of iatrogenic interventions. In the fourth part Nicola Diamond looks at the way John Bowlby's position conflicted with the psychoanalytic orthodoxy of his time. She further examines controversial issues raised by Bowlby's work, suggesting that in order to appreciate fully his contribution a rethinking of philosophical premises is required.
'There is a beautiful mix in this book, which integrates John Bowlby the individual and the professional. A mix that at times makes Bowlby burst from the pages and almost touch the reader. There was a goodness, humility, drive and sadness about John Bowlby, qualities that Marrone has expertly enlivened in the text. The book's target audience is certainly geared towards psychotherapists yet it remains accessible for the lay person or student to read. It is an absolute must if one wishes to know anything about John Bowlby.'
- Psych-Talk, Newsletter for the Student Members Group of the British Psychological Society
'Here is the story of how Dr John Bowlby really thought and practised. Mairo Marrone's anecdotes of the warmth and kindness he encountered as Bowlby's supervisee show a more personal view than other accounts. The book is immediately accessible helped along by a structure reminiscent of good history-taking. The reader is guided through the developments of Attachment Theory against the theoretical and political background of the Psychoanalytical Society of his day: the warring factions and frictions, mirroring the 1939-45 hostilities ... Many examples and anecdotes supplement the biographical and theoretical detail. There are visits to the teaching of Kohut, Lacan, Ezriel, Stern and many others. Disagreements are documented and explained. Mario Marrone has helpfully summarized the research and development in the years since Bowlby, which support the original theoretical structure, and has shared generously from his own clinical findings.'
- Group Analysis
'Mario Marrone clearly achieves more than his aim of providing the reader with a coherent reference framework. He has written an interesting, comprehensive and easy-to-read book. Attachment and Interaction is relevant and valuable reading for not only individual and group psychotherapists but for those working in statuary child care, adult and child psychiatry, family therapy and any profession where an understanding of inter/intra-personal relationships is essential. Throughout the book both Marrone and Nicola Diamond bring a new and exciting socio-cultural and political perspective to attachment theory which highlights its relevance in modern day contemporary society.'
- International Journal of Psychotherapy
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Malcolm Pines. Part I: 1. John Bowlby. 2. Attachment theory. 3. Empirical research and clinical observations: intersecting points. 4. The evolution of attachment theory. 5. On representational models. 6. Semi- structured interviews to assess representations of attachment relationships and related issues. 7. Dysfunctional parenting. Part II: 8. In the psychoanalytic field: some comparative studies. 9. On transference. 10. Ghosts on the couch. Part III: 11. Applications of attachment theory to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 12. On iatrogenia. 13. Attachment theory and group analysis. 14. Psychotherapeutic resources in general psychiatry. Part IV: 15. On Bowlby's legacy, Nicola Diamond.
About the Authors:
Mario Marrone is an associate member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and the Independent Group of Psychoanalysts as well as a member and teacher of the Institute of Group Analysis and London Centre for Psychotherapy. He is also supervisor and training therapist for the Centre for Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has been a member of the Experts' Committee on Mental Health Promotion for the European Commission (Brussels) and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy. He has worked as a psychiatrist for the NHS, has lectured internationally and is now in full-time private practice as a psychoanalyst. He had supervision with John Bowlby for ten years, and he founded the International Attachment Network.
Nicola Diamond holds a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies and has worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and trained with the British Association of Psychotherapists of which she is an associate member. Previously a university lecturer in the social sciences and in developmental psychology, she is now a senior lecturer responsible for the PhD programme at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regents College and acts as an examiner for PhD at the City University. She has been invited to teach in psychoanalysis for training organisations such as The London Centre for Psychotherapy and The Centre for Attachment Based Analytic Psychotherapy and has lectured internationally. She also has a private clinical practice. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Attachment Network and one of the founding members of the organisation.