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The Origins of Attachment: A Microanalysis of Four-Month Mother / Infant Interaction
Beatrice Beebe and Frank M. Lachmann
Routledge / Softcover / Nov 2013
9780415898188 (ISBN-10: 0415898188)
Attachment / Relational / Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
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240 pages
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The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment addresses the origins of attachment in mother-infant face-to-face communication. New patterns of relational disturbance in infancy are described. These aspects of communication are out of conscious awareness. They provide clinicians with new ways of thinking about infancy, and about nonverbal communication in adult treatment.

Utilizing an extraordinarily detailed microanalysis of videotaped mother-infant interactions at 4 months, Beatrice Beebe, Frank Lachmann, and their researchcollaboratorsprovide a more fine-grained and precise description of the process of attachment transmission. Second-by-second microanalysis operates like a social microscope and reveals more than can be grasped with the naked eye.

The book explores how, alongside linguistic content, the bodily aspect of communication is an essential component of the capacity to communicate and understand emotion. The moment-to-moment self- and interactive processes of relatedness documented in infant research form the bedrock of adult face-to-face communication and provide the background fabric for the verbal narrative in the foreground.

The Origins of Attachment is illustrated throughout with several case vignettes of adult treatment. Discussions by Carolyn Clement, Malcolm Slavin and E. Joyce Klein, Estelle Shane, Alexandra Harrison and Stephen Seligman show how the research can be used by practicing clinicians. This book details aspects of bodily communication between mothers and infants that will provide useful analogies for therapists of adults. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and graduate students.


Part I: Mother-infant Communication and Adult Treatment. Beebe, Lachmann, The Origins of Relatedness: Film Illustrations. Beebe, Lachmann, The Organization of Relational Experience in Early Infancy. Beebe, Lachmann, The Origins of Relatedness in Disorganized Attachment: Our Approach. Beebe, Lachmann, Infant Disorganized Attachment, Young Adult Outcomes, and Adult Treatment.Part II. Mother-Infant Communication, the Origins of Attachment, and Implications for Adult Treatment. Beebe, Lachmann, Future Secure Dyads. Beebe, Lachmann, Future Resistant Dyads. Beebe, Lachmann, Future Disorganized Dyads. Beebe, Lachmann, Discussion: Mother-infant Communication, the Origins of Attachment and Adult Treatment. Part III. Discussants:Relevance of the Research to Child and Adult Treatment. Clement, Ronald Fairbairn’s Theory of Object Relations and the Microanalysis of Mother-Infant Interaction: A Mutual Enrichment. Slavin and Klein, Probing to Know and Be Known: Existential and Evolutionary Perspectives on the Disorganized Patent’s Relationship with the Analyst. Shane, On Knowing and Being Known: The Case of Oliver. Harrison,Imagining Chloe in Infancy. Seligman,From Microsecond to Psychic Structure.

About the Authors:

Beatrice Beebe is Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute; faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Frank M. Lachmann is a teacher, supervisor, and a member of the Founding Faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York; and a Clinical Assistant Professor, N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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