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6. Culture and Attachment
About this Lecture
In this final lecture, the discussion moves beyond the historic focus on WEIRD participants, to explore how observations of attachment can be differently interpreted across varying cultures. Professor Holmes contrasts the traditional principles of secure attachment to the modern attachment theory that goes beyond this conceptualisation. In the last part of this lecture, some examples of cultural differences requiring a new perspective of aspects of attachment are given.
In this course, Professor Jeremy Holmes discusses attachment theory, starting with its history in lecture one. Lecture two elaborates on how attachment theory and modern evolutionary theory are linked. This lecture highlights key figures in its development, such as Viktor Frankl and Phillip Shaver. In lecture three, Professor Holmes outlines how attachment has been measured, including Mary Ainsworth’s ‘Strange Situation’ and Mary Main’s ‘Adult Attachment Interview’. Lecture four focuses on the role of caregiver sensitivity in attachment, reviewing the Grossman model of parental attachment roles. The fifth lecture brings in language, considering the role it plays in attachment through the lens of Grice’s principles of effective communication. The sixth and final lecture explores attachment theory across different cultures, addressing the field’s historical focus on WEIRD participants, and Margaret Mead’s challenge to John Bowlby’s founding theories.
Jeremy Holmes is a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Exeter. He is a consultant psychiatrist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who specialises in attachment theory. He has authored a number of books on attachment theory, which explore its history, as well as bringing it together with modern psychoanalytical theory.
Cite this Lecture
Holmes, J. (2021, October 13). Attachment – History, Models and Culture - Culture and Attachment [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/attachment-theory/culture-and-attachment
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