Trauma is a piercing of the protective boundary that maintains life, physical and psychological. Evolution has ensured that we are equipped to survive and recover from trauma, but because of the prolonged dependency and role of social learning in human development, if developmental processes go awry, or the trauma sufficiently overwhelming, the result can be PTSD, acute or chronic. In my talk I shall explore this perspective from an attachment point of view, draw on Karl Friston’s Free Energy Principle, and point to therapeutic implications.
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Professor Jeremy Holmes, MD, FRCPsych, BPC, was for 35 years consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist at University College London and then in North Devon, UK. He was chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychologists 1998-2002. He is visiting professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books, translated into 9 languages, include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (2013, Routledge), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005, co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Exploring in Security (2010, Routledge, winner the 2010 Canadian Psychological Association Goethe Award), The Therapeutic Imagination (Routledge, 2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (with Arietta Slade, SAGE 2017), and The Brain has a Mind of its Own (Confer Books, 2020). He was recipient of a New York Attachment Consortium Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award, Music, gardening, green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment theory.
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