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Preface -- Introduction -- Attachment Theory as the Underlying Basis of the Theory of Learned Security -- Origins of attachment theory -- Attachment theory post Bowlby -- Mentalizing: a development in attachment theory post Bowlby -- The concepts of earned security and learned security -- Problems That Lead to Insecure Attachment -- Maternal deprivation -- The emotionally unavailable mother -- Toxic parenting -- The physical effects of emotional nurturance on the baby's brain -- Theoretical Underpinnings of Learned Security -- Heinz Kohut: the psychology of the self -- The intersubjective perspective -- The theory of learned security -- The clinical application of the theory of learned security -- Case Studies -- Nick (Part 1): moving towards a grounded belief in his own power -- Emma: a flower blossoms and shares her beauty with humanity -- Jane: challenging her world view -- Helen: on becoming a person -- Concluding Remarks -- Conclusion

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Rhona M. Fear BA (Hons), MA, is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She has been in private practice in Worcestershire since 1994, and specialises in working with clients in long term therapy. She first qualified as a counsellor in 1990, and then broadened her knowledge by undertaking a master's degree at Keele University. She then trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

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