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by Karen B. Walant

ISBN: 1568215096
ISBN13: 978-1568215099
Language: English
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (July 7, 1977)
Pages: 320
Category: Medicine
Subategory: Medical

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In this scholarly, sensitive book, Karen Walant systematically examines psychodynamic paradigms for understanding .

In this scholarly, sensitive book, Karen Walant systematically examines psychodynamic paradigms for understanding development and applies her analysis to the needs and problems of substance-dependent individuals. She provocatively underscores the failure of classical psychoanalysis to attune to what shapes infantile behavior and its profound effects on adult adaptations. I first read "Creating the Capaity for Attachment: Addiction and the Vulnerable Self" four years ago and I have re-read it and recommended it many times as one of my most essential practice guides.

Detached, alienated people, many of them functioning with a pathologically developed false self, barely navigate .

Detached, alienated people, many of them functioning with a pathologically developed false self, barely navigate life's challenges.

Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self

Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self. Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. Print ISBN: 9780765702401, 0765702401. 9781568215099, 1568215096.

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Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self

Creating the Capacity for Attachment: Treating Addictions and the Alienated Self

Detached, alienated people, many of them functioning with a pathologically developed false self, barely navigate life's challenges. Our cultural emphasis on autonomy and separateness has led to a retreat from valuing interpersonal, communal dependence and has greatly contributed to a rise in the number of people whose suffering is often expressed in addictions and personality disorders. Using actual patient material including diaries and letters, Karen Walant's Creating the Capacity for Attachment shows how 'immersive moments' in therapy―moments of complete understanding between patient and therapist―are powerful enough to dislodge the alienated, detached self from its hiding place and enable the individual to begin incorporating his or her inner core into his or her external, social self.
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Impala Frozen
I first read "Creating the Capaity for Attachment: Addiction and the Vulnerable Self" four years ago and I have re-read it and recommended it many times as one of my most essential practice guides. I have been a practicing psychotherapist for many years and as I read "Creating the Capacity.." I felt myself immersed in a new description of so many of the cultural and personal conflicts I have struggled with as both a mother of four and an addiction specialist. Instead of a focus on the 'diseased' individual, Dr. Walant brilliantly describes the core insecure attachment of children to their primary caregivers that leads to various addictions and compulsive disorders in both individual and macro terms. Our culture's insistence on stong willed indepedence (instead of the heathy emotional and social interdependence we all need) is analyzed in terms of both early childhood experiences we might all describe as 'neglectful' or abusive' but also in terms of the "Normative abuse" (Dr. Walant's term) that pervades nearly every layer of our childrearing practices.
Although I believe there have been vast improvements in our culture since the advent of developmental psychology and attachment theory, parents (and particularly mothers) are routinely discouraged from extensive physical connection with children, breatfeeding into toddlerhood and warm and comforting responses to emotional upheavals. Dr. Walant senstively describes how even extremely caring parents can be tricked by our culture into going against their infants and children's most intese needs, needs that in many instances may never be satiated later in life, if neglected in childhood. I am so glad that since our oldest daughter (now 23 years old) was born, breastfeeding and skin to skin physical bonding in early infancy as well as "attached" and responsive parenting are now proven through neuropsychological research to help develop the human brain. I was lucky to have social support to follow my gut instincts when my children were small- Dr. Walant argues that familes desperately need this social support as do children- to be securely attached and 'securely' independent as adults.

Dr. Walant also decribes an immersion style of psychotherapy that maintains proper professionalism, but allows clients to be attached and immersed in a healing, true relationship with the therapist. She describes very accurately (yet sensitively) how the traditional 'detached' stance of the analyst replicates the insecure attachment of the client in early relationships. She then explains the exact manner in which a deep understanding of these clients' need to be attached to the therapist and guided towards secure attachmentments outside the therapy relationship form teh basis for healing.
Before reading Dr. Walant's work I had not been able to articulate the manner in which this "immersion" is reparitive to the clients I work with. Her well researched and grounded theory helped me to articulate to clients the most central issues in their healing journey. I have recommeneded this book to clients as well, and most relate very strongly to the description of both the suffering related to teh insecure attachment and the journey towards wholeness that Dr. Walant describes.
I urge any students in the healing arts, and all seeking a more effective means to reach addicted clients to read this book.

Samulkis
I love this book. The author so wonderfully weaved the research, literature, interviews, poems, history, so that you learn not only from the author's experience but also from the numerous other sources that author obviously studied for years.

I wish I had read this book years ago when my son was little. Even now, I can apply the knowledge of this book in so many different ways. Since I come from the coaching industry and not from the professional therapy field, I respect how the author has no fear of coaches and believes that coaching can work.

The idea of spiritual psychology is so close to my heart but I was unaware how it is, and if it can be used in professional therapy. It was explained really well here.

Some of the tools the author recommended years ago (like journaling) are now proven by the researchers to increase happiness and wellbeing. Obviously author knew this years ago.

Greatly incorporated examples from the patients that resonate so well. Great lessons
learned that any parent can understand.

There are many great personal stories in this book. In particular I like the one when the author and her husband played the game "Monster" with their two and a half years old daughter - again a great lesson to be learned from the author's personal experience.

You do not need to be clinical psychologist to understand these concepts.

Read it. Understand it. Apply it!

Braco Pobric, author of Habits and Happiness: How to become happier and improve your wellbeing by changing your habits

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very informative

Jieylau
This ground-breaking book should be read by every parent, every therapist who works with addicts, every professional who works with families and every policy-maker who makes decisions that involve the nurturing of infants and children. Dr.Walant coined the term "normative abuse" to describe some of the child-rearing practices of mainstream America. "Normative" because they are the norm, accepted by "experts" as well as by the average parent, and "abuse" because these practices are damaging to the child's developing self. Dr. Walant shows how the American over-emphasis on "independence" results in the neglect of connectedness and security needs, making children vulnerable to addictive behavior and personality disorders later in life. She points out: "These disorders, which are so pervasive in our current world, illustrate that beneath the veneer of self-reliance lies the core of powerlessness, alienation, and detachment." In other words, we can only make children ACT self-sufficient, we cannot produce confidence and a healthy self-reliance through neglect of their dependency/attachment needs. Since this neglect of security/connection needs is perpetrated by the vast majority of well-meaning parents in America, we should not be surprised that everywhere we look we see prisoners to the addictions of food, TV, cigarettes, sex, work, relationships, gambling and/or thrills, not to mention drugs and alcohol.

Dr. Walant states that "Normative abuse occurs when parental instinct and empathy are replaced by cultural norms." So we must promote a healthy INTER-dependence by not only allowing but encouraging an empathic, responsive parenting style, beginning in infancy. Children whose attachment/dependency needs are met by consistently responsive parents are given a solid foundation from which healthy exploration and growth can be launched. Their parents are their "secure base" and they have no need for "security blankets" or other "comforting" objects. (Many other professionals also see a correlation between lack of empathic care in the first 3 years of life and problems in adolescence and adulthood, such as addictions, delinquency, sexual disturbances and consumerism. Among these are psychiatrists/child advocates Elliott Barker and John Leopold Weil.)

Dr. Walant departs from the traditional psychoanalytic approach that requires an attitude of detachment or aloofness towards the client, as this attitude impedes the healing of those who were not allowed to form a safe and secure attachment to at least one parent in childhood. Dr. Walant uses case studies and excerpts from clients' diaries to show how allowing her clients to form their first secure attachment to her has profound therapeutic benefits as they experience the security and connectedness they did not have in their infancy and childhood. One of the ways in which she facilitates this healthy attachment is by being available to her clients outside of therapy sessions. They seldom call her, but knowing they can makes a huge difference in their recovery. Another way win which she allows secure attachments to form is by providing "immersive moments" in therapy, in which clients feel completely understood, connected and loved. Clients know their feelings will not be discounted or dismissed, and that they are no longer alone. With their new-found ability to turn to people instead of things for good feelings, most of them are able to give up their addictions, finding them a poor substitute for the joys of intimacy, trust, connectedness, love and support. One client, upon experiencing an immersive moment with Dr. Walant, said that the only other time he had felt so "euphorically high" was when he was on cocaine. Because this book has so many implications for the way we do therapy and for the way we treat babies and children, I consider it "must" reading for parents and professionals. Maureen E. McCarthy, Parenting Coach

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