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Disorganized and unresolved states in adulthood.
Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 02; 25:172-176.CO

Abstract

Fear plays a central role in attachment theory and disorganization in adulthood. Fear associated with traumatic memories interferes with resolution of trauma resulting in disorganized mental states, captured as unresolved/disorganized speech surrounding loss and/or abuse in the Adult Attachment Interview. Mothers who are unresolved experience fear stemming from traumatic memories and display frightening behavior towards their infants. Disorganization can predispose individuals to dissociative mental processes, including altered states (absorption), PTSD, and depersonalization. Social psychologists have conceptualized adult disorganization as fear of the romantic partner. Studies examining stability of adult disorganization indicate unresolved loss is more readily resolved than unresolved abuse. Understanding disorganization in adulthood, including experiences that support reparation and reorganization, is important for developing effective interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Texas at Austin, USA. Electronic address: debj@austin.utexas.edu.University of Cambridge, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30196235

Citation

Jacobvitz, Deborah, and Samantha Reisz. "Disorganized and Unresolved States in Adulthood." Current Opinion in Psychology, vol. 25, 2019, pp. 172-176.
Jacobvitz D, Reisz S. Disorganized and unresolved states in adulthood. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019;25:172-176.
Jacobvitz, D., & Reisz, S. (2019). Disorganized and unresolved states in adulthood. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 172-176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.06.006
Jacobvitz D, Reisz S. Disorganized and Unresolved States in Adulthood. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019;25:172-176. PubMed PMID: 30196235.
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