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Discussion of “Violence in the Family as a Disorder of the Attachment and Caregiving Systems”

Discussion of “Violence in the Family as a Disorder of the Attachment and Caregiving Systems” DISCUSSION OF "VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY AS A DISORDER OF THE ATTACHMENT AND CAREGIVING SYSTEMS" Martin Symonds Dr. Bowlby's paper on '~/iolence in the Family as a Disorder of the Attach- ment and Caregiving Systems" has many stimulating concepts that should be discussed at length. I will primarily focus on the area of violence. In reflecting on my varying experience gathered in the past 20 years of study- ing and evaluating individuals prone to violence, I have found it clinically useful to consider violence as an expression of feelings of powerlessness. This awareness that violence is a maladaptive response reflecting a dis- order of power has proven clinically useful in the evaluation, treatment, prevention, and reduction of violence in violence-prone individuals who utilize violence as the primary solution to any problem. I first became aware of the relationship between the expression of vio- lence and powerlessness when I served as a psychiatric consultant to a residential center for court-referred youngsters between the ages of 8 and 15 who had exhibited serious aggressive assaultive behavior at home, at school, or in the community. In examining these youngsters, I customarily asked them the following question: "If you had the power to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Discussion of “Violence in the Family as a Disorder of the Attachment and Caregiving Systems”

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 44 (1): 3 – Mar 1, 1984

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Springer Journals
Copyright
1984 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01255417
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Abstract

DISCUSSION OF "VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY AS A DISORDER OF THE ATTACHMENT AND CAREGIVING SYSTEMS" Martin Symonds Dr. Bowlby's paper on '~/iolence in the Family as a Disorder of the Attach- ment and Caregiving Systems" has many stimulating concepts that should be discussed at length. I will primarily focus on the area of violence. In reflecting on my varying experience gathered in the past 20 years of study- ing and evaluating individuals prone to violence, I have found it clinically useful to consider violence as an expression of feelings of powerlessness. This awareness that violence is a maladaptive response reflecting a dis- order of power has proven clinically useful in the evaluation, treatment, prevention, and reduction of violence in violence-prone individuals who utilize violence as the primary solution to any problem. I first became aware of the relationship between the expression of vio- lence and powerlessness when I served as a psychiatric consultant to a residential center for court-referred youngsters between the ages of 8 and 15 who had exhibited serious aggressive assaultive behavior at home, at school, or in the community. In examining these youngsters, I customarily asked them the following question: "If you had the power to

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 1984

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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