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Psychoanalysis, Attachment and Epistemic Trust

Public Lecture by Professor Dr. Peter Fonagy

Prof. Peter Fonagy traces the intellectual history of the relationship between attachment theory and psychoanalytic thinking, and considers where we are now in the discourse between the two fields.

He will briefly describe some of the points of convergence, as well as areas of continuing contention, and suggest a future direction for attachment work which has a bearing on its relationship with psychoanalysis. Specifically, mentalizing theory will be discussed as a line of thinking that draws on both attachment ideas and psychoanalysis.

Recent developments in the mentalizing approach will be described to highlight the continued relevance of attachment theory and thinking. Two constructs connected to attachment and mentalizing, epistemic trust and the concept of a general factor in psychopathology, are discussed along with the implications of these ideas for thinking about the common factors that effective psychotherapeutic interventions
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

17.00–17.15
Welcome by Prof. Dr. Birgit Stürmer, Vice-President of the IPU Berlin

17.15–19.00
Peter Fonagy (London): “Psychoanalysis, Attachment and Epistemic Trust“

Eintritt frei – Free Entry

International Psychoanalytic University Berlin (IPU), Stromstr. 2, Large Lecture Hall (3rd Floor), 10555 Berlin
Organization: Prof. Dr. Dr. Horst Kächele, Prof. Dr. Dr. Michael B. Buchholz