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Can attachment needs help explain Trump’s narcissism?

Can attachment needs help explain Trump’s narcissism?

With Donald Trump’s inauguration upon us in a few days’ time, I find myself thinking of Vice President Biden’s comments earlier this month: “Grow up Donald.  Time to be an adult. You’re president.” That is not going to happen. Why not?  That is the question that I hear being asked repeatedly:  Why is it that…

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What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

I think that, over the last week, I have read just about every Brexit opinion piece published anywhere.  What is there to be said that hasn’t been said?  What words are left that could be of use? How about these three words? “Rupture and repair.” The concept of ‘rupture and repair’ lies at the heart…

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How attachment theory explains Trump’s success – and Hitler’s too

How attachment theory explains Trump’s success – and Hitler’s too

Donald Trump has done it. He’s won the Republican nomination, having convinced enough Americans that he has the qualities needed to be a Presidential candidate. The rest of the world is looking on with disbelief, confusion, terror and derision. Many commentators are firmly of the view that, given the statistics, Trump has no chance of…

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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – A lesson in loss

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – A lesson in loss

Pixar’s hit summer film – Inside Out – is all about loss. That means it’s also all about attachment, even though the term doesn’t feature anywhere in the film. As I sat watching the film in my 3-D glasses, I wondered how much training the writers or directors had received in brain function, cognitive theory,…

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