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Understanding anger from an attachment and neurobiological perspective

Understanding anger from an attachment and neurobiological perspective

When problems with anger (as well as other emotions) develop, counsellors are often asked to help those individuals either become better at expressing their anger or more effective at controlling their anger. Attachment theory is an ideal lens to understand anger. Longitudinal studies of attachment have demonstrated a high continuity between infant attachment and adult attachment patterns and this gives counsellors a new paradigm for understanding affect regulation strategies, interpersonal relationship dynamics and the therapeutic alliance.

With the improvement of scanning technology in the late twentieth century, we can now literally peek into the human brain as it is in the process of experiencing emotions, such as anger. As a result, the affective neurosciences have revolutionised our understanding of anger – its source point in the brain, its relationship to the body, and its relationship to cognition. This presentation will discuss both the attachment and neurobiological correlates of anger. Participants will learn how attachment theory can be a useful frame for understanding both the healthy expression of anger, as well as its maladaptive manifestation. They will also become more informed of the latest advances in the affective neurosciences when addressing problems in the regulation of anger as well as other emotions.

Conference: PACFA
Areas of Interest / Categories: Anger, Attachment, Neurobiology, PACFA 2013

PACFA 2013

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Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Effectiveness.

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What works in Mental Health?

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