The Case of Attachment

May 15, 2017 - - 0 Comments

The Case of Attachment
By Anthon Paez MSW

There has been much debate in regards to the significant factors that highly contribute to a persons mental health (psychological and emotional well-being). Over the years arguments have been based on nature v. nurture when discussing or attempting to pinpoint the root causes of mental illnesses. Little attention has been made toward the belief that a persons psychological development is highly influenced by the environment from which they are brought up in prior to the founding of attachment theory. Attachment theory focuses on the need for us as human beings to form strong affectional bonds to others while also investigating personality distress and emotional disturbance, which includes anxiety, anger, depression, and emotional detachment.

For many years early psychiatrist were conscious of the possible causes such as the absence of forming affectional bonds by a disturbance in childhood or long repeated disruptions of bonds brings about psychiatric concerns. Many findings have suggested including concluded that a high incidence of disrupted affectional bonds during childhood lead an individual in developing mental health challenges. While also prohibiting those who have not formed strong bonds in becoming utterly disturbed by death, divorce, separation, or by other events related to separation of a bond significantly far higher than an individual who has been able to form strong bonds in their early childhood.

From a therapeutic standpoint the main focus is to aid an individual in understanding how their symptoms relate to their current or past situations from either their response to the situations or side effects of not trying to answer to them. The argument is that the most vital information brings forth extremely painful or frightening events that a client would much rather forget. Many individuals tend to have strong defense mechanisms focused on not recognizing or recalling real life events and feelings awakened by them allowing themselves to become of their unconscious impulse of fantasy.

Bowlby, J. (1989). The Making and Breaking of Affectional Bonds. New York, NY: Routledge.

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