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CC08 Workshop 14 - Addiction to “Alone Time”: Avoidant Attachment, Narcissism, and a One-Person Psychology within a Two-Person Psychological System - Stan Tatkin, PsyD

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Workshops |  Addiction |  Attachment |  Couples Therapy |  Narcissism |  Psychology |  Personality Disorders |  Avoidant
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2008
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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Apr 27, 2008
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Comparisons have been made between severe avoidant attachment and disorders of the self such as antisocial personality, schizoid personality, and narcissistic personality. Each of these disorders, including avoidant attachment, can be grouped together as one-person psychological organizations in that they operate outside of a truly interactive dyadic system, and primarily rely upon themselves for stimulation and calming via auto-regulation. The chronic need for “alone time” can take many surprising forms throughout the lifespan, directly impacting romantic relationships.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe an appropriate intervention for keeping an avoidant patient in treatment.
  2. To identify physical approach and avoidance behaviors that often accompany attachment organization.

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Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT®). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, where he has specialized for the last 15 years in working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice.