Attachment theory emphasizes the importance to the individual of the first months and
years of life as shapers of the future: "Perhaps, in early childhood, as bodily activities are organized by
differentiation and integration, fleeting images are ordered out of a confusion of needs, fulfilments, frustrations with further
needs and desires. As images are combined, dissolved and re-combined, fantasy develops and a story is envisaged.
Food, touch, human nearness, patterns of sight and movement are elaborated as stories of warm, soft ‘good mother'.
A ‘bad mother' is elaborated out of hunger, falling, insecurity, tightness. These are the life giving and death
dealing themes of unique personal development..."
Robert F. Hobson, Forms of Feeling: The
heart of psychotherapy, Page 85. (7b)
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