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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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KIMELMAN J., Mónica. Normal and pathological attachment and psichosis. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2019, vol.57, n.1, pp.43-51. ISSN 0717-9227.

Through the development process of normal and pathological attachment it is possible to distinguish vulnerabilities in the formation of the self that could contribute to the evolutionary emergence of psychosis. I will review the basic concepts of the attachment process and intersubjectivity development, the contributions of longitudinal studies regarding stability, transgenerational transmission of the attachment type and the relationship between psychopathology and attachment. I will briefly explain the psychogenetic hypothesis of infant psychosis based on the mother-baby interaction from the psychoanalytic reflections to the most recent paradigm of the sense development of the self, highlighting the lability in the formation of the nuclear self that happens between 2 and 7 months of life as an important variable that can contribute to psychopathological evolutionarily disorders. Preventing those disorders and benefit mental health throughout the life cycle is highlighted in reviewing this topic.

Keywords : Attachment; intersubjetivity; psychosis.

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