Psychoanalysis, Attachment, and Spirituality Part I: The Emergence of Two Relational Traditions

Volume
Volume 35
Issue
Spring 2007
Title
Psychoanalysis, Attachment, and Spirituality Part I: The Emergence of Two Relational Traditions
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 theory, that split off from psychoanalysis. Both of these traditions emerged simultaneously, predominantly in the 1940s, and developed in parallel in virtual isolation 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 "€œminding"€ 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 "€œminding"€ the spiritual stories by which our clients live.

Author
Dr. T.W. Hall
Pages
14 - 28
Price
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