Mentalization: Theoretical Considerations, Research Findings, and Clinical Implications

Editor : Fredric Busch

Mentalization: Theoretical Considerations, Research Findings, and Clinical Implications

Book Details

  • Publisher : Analytic Press
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 27116
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881634853
  • ISBN 10 : 0881634859
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Mentalization is the capacity to perceive and interpret behavior in terms of intentional mental states, to imagine what others are thinking and feeling, and is a concept that has taken the psychological and psychoanalytic worlds by storm. This collection of papers, carefully edited by Fredric Busch, clarifies its import as an essential perspective for understanding the human psyche and interpersonal relationships. The book is divided into theoretical, research and clinical papers, reflecting how the investigators thoughtfully and purposefully pursued each of these goals. Those involved in identifying mentalization have also made consistent efforts to measure and research the concept. Thus, in addition to expanding the theoretical bases and implications of mentalization and identifying clinically useful applications, the authors describe research that scientifically grounds the concept. "Mentalization" addresses and expands upon a number of implications of mentalization. These include: What are the broader implications for mentalization with regard to social and evolutionary development? How does mentalization interdigitate with other psychoanalytic models? How is mentalization systematically assessed? What clinical correlates have been found? How do we understand variations in the capacity for mentalization, even within a given individual? What are the applications of mentalization in the clinical arena, including specific disorders? Readers of this volume will find their clinical work to be more productive and their view of the human psyche broadened.

About the Editor(s)

Fred Busch is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the PINE Psychoanalytic Center, a Geographical Supervising Analyst of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, a member of the Faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis and a member of IPTAR. He has published over sixty psychoanalytic articles, two books, and his work has been translated into several languages.

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