attachment

Food and feelings become mixed and mingled from early doors – via cupboard doors more precisely, according to early theories of relationships which were based on food and feeding. Right from the start food becomes a way to feed our feelings, and throughout life feelings...

In case you’ve missed Netflix’s highly popular show, You, it follows the character of Joe Goldberg – a bookshop assistant whose obsessions with women lead him to commit multiple murders. In later seasons, he meets Love Quinn, an equally obsessive and murderous woman...

At the beginning of Little Jacob, we are introduced to a man, clearly accustomed to being alone, as he goes about his mundane daily routines in his run-down apartment. Left in silence to observe, we get an insight into his life: drab and monotonous, with an...

By the 1980s, Bowlby had become quite frustrated with the concept of ‘attachment’.

He had drawn the term from the work of Anna Freud. Burlingham and Freud (1942, p.10, 47) observed that children ‘will cling even to mothers who are continually cross and sometimes cruel...

Attachment as a psychological construct has spread out so far from its origins. Its influence can be found in developmental psychology; clinical psychology, both child and adult; psychotherapy more generally; in educational settings; and especially social work and the court...

I was making Sunday roast when my sister rang me, unexpectedly, the day after winter solstice 2019. I could hear that her heart was in her throat and I knew instinctively that death had visited our family. 

I assumed my sister was ringing to tell me that her partner had...

This book is written for parents who may be experiencing difficulties in relation to parenting their children. There has been an explosion of 'self-help' books in the past few decades, perhaps particularly those focused on parenting. Common themes in most of them, including...

In this episode of The Life Scientific we get a fascinating insight into the life and work of Peter Fonagy, the highly influential psychoanalyst, and what inspired him along the way. From his arrival in the UK as a 15-year-old Hungarian immigrant, with no English or family...

John Bowlby’s career as a child psychologist and psychoanalyst spanned the roughly four decades of the Cold War, starting in the 1950s and continuing up until his death in 1990. Although Bowlby had worked with ‘delinquent’ children in schools and state institutions throughout...

‘People say more in their art than in reports and case conferences,’ declares Lemn Sissay towards the start of this extraordinary evening. Sissay is an award-winning wordsmith whose blistering poems and plays have explored his sufferings as a child in the care system of the...