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  • 0 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004, Attachment, Session 3, Dan Siegel 04.26.2011 04:44
    I am late to the conversation but would like to comment on the AAI from the slides. As a student of the DMM-Dynamic Maturational Model, I am unfamiliar with any other discourse analysis. As a result, I find the terms "dismissive" and "preoccupied" somewhat confusing, although I am aware that they are widely used. One reason that I find the terms confusing is that, as I understand it, preoccupied can also include those who are preoccupied with others at the expense of themselves (compulsive A strategies, i.e., trying to please others, overly concerned about the views of others, etc.) as well as, those who are preoccupied with themselves at the expense of others (traditional preoccupied or C strategies). I propose, likewise, that anyone can be dismissive-they may be dismissive of cognition (C) or dismissive of affect (A). In this way, people who use C strategies are often the ones who say, "I can't remember anything about my childhood!" because they lack procedural, episodic memory and are so affect laden. I do not mean to over simplify complex neurobiological processes, only to point out that there are some discrepancies in our approach to attachment theory. I have tried to include a picture of the DMM to illustrate my point, but I am sorry to say my blogging experience is limited, so I'm not sure that it will work- but I will give it a try! If I don't succeed the model can also be found at www.iasa-dmm.orgorwww.patcrittenden.com

    Dan, I very much admire your work and have read ALL your books. Every therapist I know refers to your work often. I invite you to read Crittenden,P.M. & Landini, A.( 2011) Assessing Adult Attachment: A Dynamic Approach to Discourse AnalysisNew York: Norton
    I would also like to invite ypu to attend the next International Association for the Study of AttachmentI (iasa) conference, which I believe will be in Bonn, Germany in 2012. The last conference was in Cambridge, UK and the plenary speakers were Peter Fonagy and Michael Meany! It was an amazing conference! I must confess that I suggested in my comment/suggestion form that you be invited to speak at the next conference. It never hurts to suggest!
    Thank you for your contributions to the debate,

    Jane King
  • 0 P004 New Perspectives on Practice: The Great Attachment DebateP004: Attachment, Session 1, Alan Sroufe 04.11.2011 01:18
    Jude, thank you for your thought provoking mention of survival and adaptation and placing it into a broader global context. I find the study of attachment fascinating for this very reason. The study of attachment can spiral the mind onward, upward and out ward-in all directions!

    I've been studying Patricia Crittenden's Dynamic Maturation Model (DMM). Her approach to attachment is in understanding attachment as a self-protective, adaptation to danger. In this light, anxious attachment is seen as necessary for survival. This greatly changes ideas in working with children and families and, I find, promotes understanding and compassion. Instead of trying to change behavior and create security, one works harder to understand the danger and increase safety - physical or psychological.

    Crittenden incorporates Bronfenbrenner's theory of social ecology into the DMM. This involves a nested system theory where the systems of global, political, community and family, interact in a transactional way effecting individual outcomes.

    Perhaps, we, in the West, have been feeling very safe and not giving any thought to our Mother! Of course, this could change at any moment. We are never really secure ...but always needing to adapt. That's life!

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