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Attachment Theory Some Implications for Gestalt Theory


Attachment theory has been developed over the last fifty years as one way of understanding the foundations of our capacity and need to make and sustain rel ationshi ps. It has made an important contribution, not only to the way that we view the development of the earliest relationships in our lives, but also to our understanding of the processes of separation and loss . The implications for psychotherapy i n general are becoming clearer, and in this article specific attention is paid to ways in which it may be useful for Gestalt therapists to be mindful of key attachment concepts, how they may emerge in our work, and how they may be used therapeutically.


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