Title

Psychoanalysis, attachment, and spirituality Part II The spiritual stories we live by.

Publication Date

Spring 2007

Abstract

Psychoanalysis and attachment theory both developed independently as relational traditions within the confines of their own disciplinary walls (see Hall, 2007, this issue). While both traditions were “doing their own thing,” in relative ignorance of the other, several other revolutions were occurring that turned out to pave a bridge that was already being built between these two theoretical highways. Recent developments in neuroscience, emotion research, and narrative approaches to human experience have helped to construct this bridge, suggesting that we are hard wired for two fundamentally distinct forms of knowing, one of which exists in storied form. In this article, the second of a two-part series in this special issue, I discuss the rapprochement between these two relational traditions. Following this, I highlight what may capture the common relational metapsychology underlying these converging traditions—a theory of implicit relational meaning—and its implications for “minding” the spiritual stories by which our clients live.

Keywords

Object relations (Psychoanalysis); Narrative therapy

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology & Theology

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

29

Last Page

42

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