Touch: Attachment and the Body

Editor : Kate White

Part of The John Bowlby Memorial Conference Monograph series - more in this series

Touch: Attachment and the Body

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 102
  • Category :
    Attachment Theory
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  • Catalogue No : 18583
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855753617
  • ISBN 10 : 1855753618
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Drawn from the Bowlby Memorial Lecture, founded in commemoration of the influential Dr John Bowlby, this volume explores issues of the body and the historically taboo subject of touch in psychoanalysis. It includes contributions from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including two papers presented by pioneering analyst Susie Orbach.

Anne Aiyegbusi; Brett Kahr; Bernice Laschinger; Susie Orbach; Margot Sutherland; Colwyn Trevarthen; and Kate White.

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'Playing on Winnicott's famous claim that there is no such thing as a baby but only a baby-in-relation, Susie Orbach persuasively s that there is no such thing as a body! Bodies, like selves, emerge in relation to others. In this welcome collection, Kate White has gathered together the presentations from the Tenth John Bowlby Memorial Conference so that we can explore issues of the body and the historically taboo subject of touch in psychoanalysis.

'The authors, all of whom utilize the framework of contemporary attachment theory, challenge the discipline's neglect of touch and move toward a relational conceptualization of bodies and selves-in-relation. Clinical attention is paid to traumatised patients who have been brought up with little experience of loving touch as well as to the complex difficulties raised when touch enters the consulting room. This collection demonstrates that although the body may have been undertheorised by attachment theorists, it has always been implicit. Touch: Attachment and The Body is a significant and valuable addition to the exploration of the body in contemporary relational psychoanalysis.'
- Lewis Aron, Ph.D., Director, New York University, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Co-editor with F. S. Anderson, (1998) of Relational Perspectives on the Body

About the Editor(s)

Kate White is a training therapist, supervisor and teacher at The Bowlby Centre. Formerly senior lecturer at South Bank University in the Department of Nursing and Community Health Studies, she has used her extensive experience in adult education to contribute to the innovative psychotherapy curriculum developed at The Bowlby Centre. In addition to working as an individual psychotherapist, Kate runs workshops on the themes of attachment and trauma in clinical practice.

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