Brain, Attachment, Personality: An Introduction to Neuroaffective Development

Author(s) : Susan Hart

Brain, Attachment, Personality: An Introduction to Neuroaffective Development

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 400
  • Category :
    Neuroscience
  • Category 2 :
    Attachment Theory
  • Catalogue No : 26205
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855755888
  • ISBN 10 : 1855755882

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This book is intended as an inspiration and as an introduction to what Susan Hart has called neuroaffective developmental psychology. As an underlying theme throughout the book, she seeks to emphasize the importance of attachment for the formation of personality in all its diversity. This book presents a merger of systems that are not normally brought together in a structured psychodynamic context. Thus it operates on three levels: a neurobiological level, an intrapsychological level, and an interpersonal level.

It also focuses on the brain structures that are essential for the formation of relationships, personality development, and emotions. It attempts to provide an understanding of the way that the uniquely human nervous system develops capacities for empathy, mentalization, and reflection that enable us to address such aspects as: past and present, interpersonal relations, ethics, art, and aesthetics. Susan Hart has endeavoured to make the text meaningful and comprehensible in order to make the topic interesting and inspiring to the reader, and to spark an interest in further studies.

It is written in a manner that both professional and lay readers will find accessible as well as informative. Psychotherapists, researchers, and interested others will find Brain, Attachment, Personality a compelling and worthwhile read.

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'This is the best introduction to neuroscience for psychodynamic psychotherapists available today. It is sophisticated, comprehensive, up-to-date and at many points inspirational. It is accessible but never at the expense of oversimplification. It is highly informative, eschews speculation and is unusually clear in highlighting continuing gaps in our knowledge. This is an immensely valuable addition to all our libraries and is an ideal text for psychological therapists wishing to understand more about the revolution of knowledge that has taken place in neuroscience.'
- Professor Peter Fonagy, University College London

'In the last few decades the study of the brain and nervous system and its relationship to psychology has accelerated at a furious pace. The amount we have learned in those few years is greater than the sum of what was learned in all of the centuries prior. This exploding body of knowledge has led to a growing library on the relevance of neuroscience to psychological trauma and attachment. Unique among these books is Susan Hart's Brain, Attachment, Personality. Hart has brought a fresh and particularly grounded view to the surprisingly young field of attachment and neuroscience, enlightening the reader to the cutting edge and overlaps of both disciplines. At the book's core, Hart takes on complicated theories and explains them with clarity while exposing varying views of critical controversies.'
- Babette Rothschild, MSW, Author of The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

'Brain, Attachment, Personality is a great preface to the ever-changing field of neuroscience.'
- Shawn Lee, Resources

'This is a very thorough and comprehensive book on a subject that has become increasingly important in relation to psychology and human development.'
- Journal of Analytical Psychology

About the Author(s)

Susan Hart is a psychologist who has been the director of a municipal family therapy centre; her experience also includes work in municipal social services and in a children's psychiatric ward. Today, she has an independent practice and works mainly with professional supervision of psychologists, visiting nurses, and social workers in child and family departments, personnel in child psychiatric wards, and advisers to foster families. She is the author of several books and articles on neuroaffective developmental psychology, and frequently gives lectures and courses on the topic.

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