A nice interview with Fonagy in which he refers to his own story and talks about today’s challenges in relation to mental health.
By Simon Baron-Cohen
The book takes a closer look at empathy. Especially interesting is the term 0-empathy, including 0-empathy negative and 0-empathy positive. Referring to 0-empathy negative the focus is on borderline, psychopathy and narcissism. With 0-empathy positive the focus is on Asperger syndrome. Heredity and environment are discussed in relation to all the conditions.
It is a good and rewarding book spiced with cases.
Peter Fonagy talks about the psychology of violence.
Curiousness and openness are important elements in mentalization based treatment. It’s about exploring what’s going on in the mind of others and in your own mind.
Mentalizing is among other things about understanding misunderstandings. This video is an example of a therapist doing exactly this.
The “Fight, flight, freeze model” is the last model from “The Mentalization Guidebook” we’ll share this time round. When a person is terrified, his or her reactions will largely be based on automatic reflexes outside of conscious control. The model shows the fight, flight or freeze reactions that can be constructive in a dangerous situation but will entail problems if the reactions continue after the danger has passed.
You can find all the models and read much more about mentalization in our book “The Mentalization Guidebook”. The book is a tool for professionals working with traumatized and neglected people who want to use mentalization in their work.