Mentalizing and Epistemic Trust: The work of Peter Fonagy and colleagues at the Anna Freud Centre

Robbie Duschinsky, Sarah Foster

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Abstract

The theory of mentalizing and epistemic trust introduced by Peter Fonagy and colleagues at the Anna Freud Centre has been an important perspective on mental health and illness. Mentalizing and Epistemic Trust is the first comprehensive account and evaluation of this perspective. The book explores twenty primary concepts that organize the contributions of Fonagy and colleagues: adaptation, aggression, the alien self, culture, disorganized attachment, epistemic trust, hypermentalizing, reflective function, the P factor, pretend mode, the primary unconscious, psychic equivalence, mental illness, mentalizing, mentalization-based therapy, non-mentalizing, the self, sexuality, the social environment, and teleological mode. The biographical and social context of the development of these ideas is examined. The book also specifies the current strengths and limitations of the theory of mentalizing and epistemic trust, with attention to the implications for both clinicians and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9780192644589
ISBN (Print)9780198871187
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2021

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