chapter  8
Bringing together psychodynamic and attachment perspectives on psychosis
WithAlison Summers, Gwen Adshead
Pages 13

From Bowlby’s perspective, attachment theory was an offshoot of a branch of psychodynamic theory, but in relation to psychosis, attachment theory and psychodynamic theory can be seen as separate and distinct. In this chapter we discuss how attachment theory relates to contemporary psychodynamic thinking on the nature and development of psychosis, especially in relation to supporting recovery and therapy for psychosis. The psychodynamic model we use is an object relations one and from this perspective we argue that there is much common ground and also much that is complementary. We conclude that there is a strong case for greater dialogue between the two perspectives.