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Disappointing & overly simplistic
on February 6, 2009
This book was a major disappointment, as it doesn't live up to the quality of other books in the Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology series. This book is pretty much a basic (and at times concrete) distillation of Daniel Siegal's two books. It attempts to apply Siegal's (and Allan Schore's) ideas to the pratice of psychotherapy, but does so in a overly simplistic and flowery manner. If you want an introduction to Siegal's and Schore's work then I recommend that you read instead Cozolino's books on neuroscience of psychotherapy and human relationships. They are much more solid and sophisticated in their presentation of these ideas. However, I believe the best synthesis of these topics (attachment theory, mentalization, neuroscience of psychotherpay, relational psychanalysis, mindfulness)is Wallin's "Attachment in Psychotherapy." This is truly a brilliant synthesis of these ideas and their practical application to the consulting room. I couldn't recommend Wallin's book more.