This edited book contains a hitherto unpublished seminar held by the author in Milan, Italy in 1985. The seminar is preceded by a foreword by Kate White, of the Bowlby Centre, and by an introduction by the editor, Marco Bacciagaluppi. The introduction contains excerpts from unpublished correspondence between the author and the editor, carried out over a span of eight years, between 1982 and 1990. After the seminar there are the follow-ups of the three cases presented by Leopolda Pelizzaro, Ferruccio Osimo and Emilia Fumagalli, and a report by Germana Agnetti and Angelo Barbato, who gave hospitality to the author and his wife. This is followed by a contribution by Ferruccio Osimo on experiential dynamic psychotherapy, an application of attachment theory, with a long case study. At the end there are some concluding remarks by the editor.
John Bowlby (1907 - 1990). World famous psychiatrist and father of attachment theory, Bowlby worked for many years as Child and Family Psychiatrist at London's renowned Tavistock Clinic. Marco Bacciagaluppi graduated at the University of Milan Medical School and then received postgraduate training in genetics and radiobiology at the Department of Genetics of the University of Pavia, in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Milan and at New York Medical College, and in sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York. After psychoanalytic training, since 1999 he has co-operated in organising thirteen Joint Meetings between the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and the Organizzazione di Psicoanalisti Italiani - Federazione e Registro (OPIFER). He is a Fellow of AAPDP, Founding President of OPIFER, Honorary Member of the International Erich Fromm Society (IEFS), Member of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Section on Psychotherapy, and Member of the Associazione Culturale Sandor Ferenczi (ACSF). He has recently published 'Paradigms in Psychoanalysis' (Karnac Books, 2012).