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The One Thing That's Missing from Attachment Theory

Challenging a Therapeutic Cornerstone

Jerome Kagan • 3/22/2018

By Jerome Kagan - One of the strongest articles of faith among psychotherapists is the intuitively attractive proposition that the security of early attachments to parents has a profound influence on adult mental health. However, when I examine the evidence for this belief as a research psychologist, rather than as a clinical practitioner, a different, less clear-cut picture emerges.

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Bringing Up Baby

Are We Too Attached?

Jerome Kagan • 3/1/2011

While therapists may consider some intuitively appealing ideas about human development---like attachment theory---beyond dispute, the researcher's job is to challenge unproven explanations shaped more by our biases and preconceptions than by hard evidence.

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The One Thing That's Missing from Attachment Theory

Challenging a Therapeutic Cornerstone

Jerome Kagan • 3/22/2018

By Jerome Kagan - One of the strongest articles of faith among psychotherapists is the intuitively attractive proposition that the security of early attachments to parents has a profound influence on adult mental health. However, when I examine the evidence for this belief as a research psychologist, rather than as a clinical practitioner, a different, less clear-cut picture emerges.

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Bringing Up Baby

Are We Too Attached?

Jerome Kagan • 3/1/2011

While therapists may consider some intuitively appealing ideas about human development---like attachment theory---beyond dispute, the researcher's job is to challenge unproven explanations shaped more by our biases and preconceptions than by hard evidence.

Magazine Article
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Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., has conducted groundbreaking research on inborn temperament, personality, and the interaction of biology and psychology. His books include Temperamental Thread: How Genes, Culture, Time and Luck Make Us Who We Are, Galen's Prophecy, and An Argument for Mind.