Dr. Allan N. Schore

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Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self


This is an ambitious and wide-ranging extension of Dr. Schore's earlier work, Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self. It incorporates the vast amount of data from neuroscience that has accrued since that earlier book, and paints a detailed picture of how the regulation of social and emotional behaviors emerges during the developmental interaction of an organism with its social environment. The book will be of great interest not only to those working in affective neuroscience, but also to clinicians and health care practitioners. In fact, it will be of interest to laypersons who want a better understanding of how genes, environment, and an infant's own behavior sculpt the way in which its brain processes emotions.

Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, The University of Iowa

What is the nature of the self that it may become fragmented into an incomplete and pathological personality? From the pioneering studies in psychoanalysis to modern psychological research, a striking and difficult realization has been that the self is not an isolated structure, but a dynamic, self-organizing system that forms its foundation around early childhood interpersonal relations. Schore recognizes that, beginning in the first days of life, the development of the internalized self-regulatory processes of the self must occur through attentive parental guidance. …To identify the essential mechanisms of affective self-control, Schore conducts a remarkably complete survey of the modern psychology and neuroscience literatures. . . . This volume is a remarkable exercise in the scientific analysis of personality and its disorders.

Donald Tucker

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon and CEO, Chief Scientist, Electrical Geodesics, Inc., Eugene OR

Schore's new book, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, provides the much-needed understanding on how the growth of brain and self are intertwined within the context of relationships. His magnificent integration of research on attachment and developmental neuroscience demonstrates how we fundamentally mature and thrive in pairs and groups. Disruptions of those relationships disturb the basic biological processes necessary for managing our relationships to others and ourselves. In this book Schore unravels how these processes are interwoven and guides us towards developing corrective interventions at various stages of development.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, and Medical Director, the Trauma Center, Boston

In this compelling and provocative volume, Allan Schore proffers an interdisciplinary theory of the processes underlying affect regulation in normal and abnormal self-development. Utilizing a multiple levels of analysis perspective, Schore has provided an impressive theoretical synthesis of the extant literature on affect regulatory systems. Through its multi-disciplinary framework, this work has the potential to break down the barriers that traditionally have impeded the development of a comprehensive understanding of the self and its disorders. I highly recommend this volume!

Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology and Mt. Hope Family Center of the University of Rochester, Editor of Development and Psychopathology

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