Anxiety, Attachment and Development of Personality Structure – February 11th, 2017; 9:30am-12:30pm (3 CE hours) – LOS ANGELES

This presentation will trace the relationship between basic anxieties, attachment, and development of personality from early childhood through early formation of adult personality. The presenter will explore some ways in which psychoanalytic theory has described different kinds of basic anxieties, such as annihilation anxiety or abandonment anxiety, and how these basic anxieties serve as motivational systems and result in an imperative for attachment early in life. The discussion will also include an exploration of how the evolving forms of basic anxiety interact with attachment experiences to form a scaffolding for the development of personality. Finally, Dr. Bennett will review how basic anxieties interact with temperament and attachment in childhood to result in different levels and types of personality organization by early adulthood.


Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs

img_3622aMatthew Bennett Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Reiss Davis Center in Los Angeles

DATE: February 11th, 2017 Saturday
TIME: 9:30am–12:30pm
# of CE CREDITS: 3

PRICE: $55

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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  1. To compare and contrast characteristics of at least three different types of anxiety as described in the psychodynamic literature, including annihilation anxiety, abandonment anxiety, and moral anxiety.
  2. To explain how various kinds of basic anxiety relate to stages of attachment and individuation in children and adolescents.
  3. To describe two therapeutic interventions and postures that are designed to be helpful in the presence of different kinds of anxiety states.