This book presents a theory of interaction in adult life when the dynamics of careseeking and caregiving are elicited. It sets out a framework for thinking about the way adults interact with one another, particularly when they are anxious, under stress or frightened.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- The dynamics of careseeking and caregiving -- Research on the process of interaction in adult psychotherapy -- Infant/caregiver interactions: the process of affect identification, communication, and regulation -- Patterns of careseeking/caregiving relationships: research into attachment behaviour in infants and young children -- Presenting the concept of goal-corrected empathic attunement: effective caregiving within psychotherapy -- First experiment: the identification of affect attunement in adult psychotherapy -- Second experiment: is empathic attunement interactive? -- Third experiment: an experiment designed to test whether secure attachment style correlates with empathic attunement and whether empathic attunement can be improved with training -- The process of obtaining a reliable measure for goal-corrected empathic attunement -- Results of the Third Experiment -- Patterns of functional and dysfunctional careseeking-caregiving partnerships -- Interactions between therapists and patients and their roots in infancy -- Role play scenarios for day one -- Measure of student attunement to be completed by the actor after each interview -- Measure of student attunement to be completed by the actor after each interview -- Role play scenarios for day two