Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How the Light Gets in: Healing the Cracks of Attachment Style Through Therapeutic Step Work
by Castillo Eisenbeis, Paulina, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 70; 13895760
Abstract (Summary)

Love and connection are primary human needs, not secondary psychological drives. The essence of being human is relational. Attachment theory and attachment-oriented psychotherapy are congruent with neuroscience, contemplative traditions, and interpersonal neurobiology in buttressing themes of interdependence and a relational perspective on the human experience. In the last 2 decades, research has explored addiction as an attachment disorder and recovery as a shift in attachment style. If recovery, defined through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, can lead to shifting one’s internal working model of self toward increased flexibility, improved relationships, and a globally more secure world view, then perhaps the 12-step model could have clinical applications as a treatment modality for attachment disorders in populations beyond addiction rehabilitation. Using hermeneutic research, the author explores the intersection between attachment theory, neuroscience, and the 12 steps of recovery, providing a step-by-step analysis of their clinical applicability in psychotherapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Neurosciences, Mental health
Keywords: 12-step, Attachment, Interpersonal, Love, Psychology, Relationship
Publication Number: 13895760
ISBN: 9781085761796
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