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Interesting articles about mentalization

The Family Cycle: Breaking the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma through Mentalizing


The article provides a good overview of the mentalization theory and how this can be seen in the context of trauma psychology. Emphasis is placed on the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE factors). In addition, there is a very good review of how to concretely work with asking about the ACE factors in the work with vulnerable parents. Based on a common understanding of what traumas and failures the parents themselves have experienced, work is being done to draw a family cycle. The model is designed to help vulnerable parents and their children mentalize trauma and create an understanding of transgenerational trauma.



Learning to mentalize: A mediational approach for caregivers and therapist


The article provides an overview of the current standpoint of the mentalization theory. Furthermore the article presents a model that can be used in practice. The model addresses five components: Focus, create meaning, expand, regulate and reward.


Mentalization in the Family

We are so happy to announce that our book “Mentalisering i Familien” now is published in english with the title “Mentalization in the Family”

Research article

We are very proud of our latest research article, which demonstrates the positive effect of implementation of mentalization-based principles in an organizationel context.

The research article is based on a study of a mentalization-based workshop that Center for Mentalization has made for Families, children and young people in “Aarhus Kommune”. The study shows that employees had […]

Brainstorm – Daniel Siegel

“Brainstorm” is a very interesting book written by Daniel Siegel. It presents a developmental and neuropsychiatric perspective on adolescents and abuse. It explains why young people are at a higher risk of developing addiction because of the “teenage-brain”.


Four existential givens

In times of crisis like the Corona crisis, the four givens become especially current. But remember that the four givens also have opposites like: “Together, meaning, choice and life”.


Video about attachment styles

A nice little video about different attachment styles in relationships. https://www.youtube.com/watch…

TED-talk about happiness

What makes a good life? This interesting TED-talk refers to the longest study on happiness, in which a group of men are followed from young adulthood to old age. The study points out that good relationships are the most important determinant of happiness.

The Tale

The Tale is a fantastic film about a woman who re-experiences memories about a sexual relationship between her and her running coach. The film is based on a true story and describes grooming and how powerful manipulation can be in the sensitive teenage years.

Link: Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center

Bessel van der Kolk is the head of this Trauma Center. The web page provides knowledge about trauma in children and other relevant information on trauma.

You can read more on their web page.