The dynamics of attachment and systems-centered group psychotherapy.

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In this article, links are made between 2 theoretical paradigms, 1 that primarily describes the dynamics of dyads (attachment theory) and another that primarily although not exclusively describes the dynamics of groups (the theory of living human systems). The ideas presented are based on research into empathic attunement in adult psychotherapy, clinical material from a group psychotherapy session, and research in the field of attachment. It is suggested that systems-centered group psychotherapy provides the environment for changing members' attachment status through its attention to emotional resonance, authentic affect, and empathic attunement. These ideas are presented with a view toward encouraging research into the links between attachment theory, affect attunement, and group psychotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalGroup Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002



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