In his important new book, Attachment in Psychotherapy, David Wallin, PhD, highlights several important concepts from recent research in attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness meditation. In this article I would like to explore four key concepts that have emerged from his and others work: “embeddedness”, “reflection (or mentalizing),” “mindfulness” and the “unthought known”, and relate them to the Theory of Living Human Systems (TLHS).
Embeddedness, Reflection and Mindfulness
The first three off these ideas may be considered as a triad that illuminates a progression of consciousness from a limited state in which we are blended or embedded in the content of our experience, to a more liberated state in which we discover ourselves as the awareness of awareness...
There’s an unpredictable neural trickster living inside each of us, taking up residence in the dendrites and synapses that weave their way through the right side of our brain. It’s been living there since before we were transformed from embryos into fetuses – between weeks seven and eight in utero. By then, great learning has already begun and the primary driver of learning and brain development turns out to be … sound! (One reason hearing is one of the first senses to develop and the last to leave us?). Especially powerful is the sound of mother's voice, which we begin paying close attention to during this important time. The growth that begins unfolding, driven powerfully by mother’s voice initially, almost immediately begins making a preponderance of connections on the right side of our brain.