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Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self & Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self (Two-book set) (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) Hardcover – 2003
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These two volumes are the first presentation of his comprehensive theory in book form as it has developed since 1994.In 1994 Allan Schore published his groundbreaking book, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, in which he integrated a large number of experimental and clinical studies from both the psychological and biological disciplines in order to construct an overarching model of social and emotional development. Since then he has expanded his regulation theory in more than two dozen articles and essays covering multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment, and trauma.
Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self contains writings on developmental affective neuroscience and developmental neuropsychiatry. Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self contains chapters on neuropsychoanalysis and developmentally oriented psychotherapy. Absolutely essential reading for all clinicians, researchers, and general readers interested in normal and abnormal human development.
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Schore gives full credit to Bowlby and his successor Mary Ainsworth and also provides a worthwile compilation of biological research performed between 1950 and ~1995 (although there are a few post 2000 citations). He also furnishes insightful information on Freud's early interest in the neurobiology of mind phenomena.
The problem with both books is their lack of organization and Schore's evident bias towards his own pet theories at the expense of contradictory evidence. Schore has adapted Joseph's idea that attachement behavior results from limbic connections with the right orbitofrontal cortex an, in these two books cites every imaginable (reputable and disreputable) evidence that might be congruent with his hypothesis. The contribution of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, or the left hemisphere is completely ignored, as are many subcortical circuits (such as the insula) unless this supports Schore's ideas.
More significant problem with the books is that both go over the exactly same material. same evidence, and ypothesis, is repeated ad nauseam, literally hundreds of times. Both books could easily be condensed in a single volume of ~150 pages. There is also the question of outdatedness: the substance of the text shows little (if any) difference from Schore's (seminal) 1994 book "Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self". Finally, i think that Schore writes in a needlessly technical manner that complicates more than reveals, taking the easy way out by citing directly from primary research papers instead of summarizing and condensing what is known.
Be that as it may, there are not many other books out there on this topic and if you haven't had the chance to read the 1994 tome, you could easily skip to ADDS/ARRS.
Gary W. Reece, Ph.D.