The attachment paradigm pioneered by John Bowlby is an important benchmark for any psychotherapeutic activity. Due to its origins in clinical practice, attachment theory has revitalised psychotherapy and helped sweep away outdated psychoanalytical ideas. There exist, in fact, several schools (including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic approaches) that have used analytical categories and clinical applications derived from attachment theory. This book also represents an important and innovative proposal for joining together group analysis and attachment theory. The authors introduce the group analysis model of group psychotherapy, describe the relationships between group members and the group itself in light of attachment theory and explain how this phenomenon can become a specific therapeutic factor. The book is, therefore, also a useful tool, provides an overview of group analysis theory and updates its techniques and practices.
Lucrezia Lorito holds a doctorate in psychology and is a practicing psychologist, group analysis therapist and psychodiagnostics specialist.
Franco Di Maria, one of the founders of Italian group analysis, teaches Dynamic Psychology at the University of Palermo.