Title

Psychoanalysis, attachment, and spirituality Part I The emergence of two relational traditions.

Publication Date

Spring 2007

Abstract

Two broad relational traditions emerged in post- Freudian psychoanalysis: a broad group of relational theories, represented by Fairbairn’s (1952) object relations theory, that remained within the field of psychoanalysis, and John Bowlby’s attachment theo- ry, that split off from psychoanalysis. Both of these traditions emerged simultaneously, predominantly in the 1940s, and developed in parallel in virtual isola- tion from each other. In this article, the first of a two-part series in this special issue, I outline the emergence of these two traditions, how each has been applied to the psychology of religion and spirituality, and their implications for “minding” our clients’ spirituality (Sorenson, 2004). In the second article of the two-part series, I discuss the common relational metapsychology underlying these converging traditions—a theory of implicit relational meaning—and its implications for “minding”

Keywords

Fairbairn, W. Ronald D. ; Object relations (Psychoanalysis); Bowlby, John

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology & Theology

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

14

Last Page

28

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