Stop, rewind, explore. The neuroscience of mentalizing

Wallwork, Felicity and Rossouw, Pieter (2014) Stop, rewind, explore. The neuroscience of mentalizing. The Neuropsychotherapist, 7: 34-40.

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Author Wallwork, Felicity
Rossouw, Pieter
Title Stop, rewind, explore. The neuroscience of mentalizing
Journal name The Neuropsychotherapist
ISSN 2201-9529
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Issue 7
Start page 34
End page 40
Total pages 7
Place of publication Park Ridge, QLD, Australia
Publisher Dahlitz Media
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Over the past two decades, the concept of mentalizing has received growing interest in the social cognition, neuroscientific, psychological, developmental, genetic, and philosophical literature (Achim, Ouellet, Roy, & Jackson, 2012; Bateman & Fonagy, 2013). This review will provide an overview of the concept of mentalizing and explain the significance of implicit mentalizing as opposed to explicit mentalizing. The development of the ability to mentalize will be examined from both a theoretical and neuropsychological aspect. The impact on mentalizing ability of abuse, trauma and poor attachment will then be discussed. In addition, psychological disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and borderline personality disorder will be examined with regard to their association with mentalizing dysfunction. The approach to treatment based on the mentalizing literature will be reviewed with respect to strengths, limitations and overall usefulness for practice. The issues and debates according to the literature in each of these areas will be presented incorporating our own questions and issues regarding mentalizing research. Finally, a discussion of the impact of writing this review on my (Wallwork’s) current practice and experience as a counselling student on practicum will be presented. This review will argue that the concept of mentalizing, despite requiring further empirical evidence for treatment outcomes and mechanisms of change, is a theoretically based, versatile and practical approach suitable for use in a counselling setting…
Keyword Neuropsychotherapy
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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