We’ll look critically at the DMM in the last substantive DMM Coffee House session this year. The DMM is powerful and complex, but it is not the theory “to rule them all.” There are also inherent limits to building broad theory with attachment assessments. In the last three years of DMM Coffee House sessions, we have explored what the DMM is, possible theory expansions, and how, when, and by whom it can be used. We have had some discussions about its limits and “the map is not the territory” problem (nicely elucidated by a master coder of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)). We have talked about the challenges of obtaining an AAI assessment for oneself, and of self-assessing for one’s own use of self-protective attachment strategies.
We have talked a little about the limits of what an assessment such as the AAI can achieve, and a little about the challenges of utilizing DMM theory in clinical practice and obtaining training for clinical application. (At the same time, we have also heard from many clinicians who are applying the DMM.)
Let’s open the discussion, dig a little deeper, and work towards accuracy about theory limits and challenges so that we can start working on solutions over the next year of DMM Coffee House sessions.
Date and time: Tuesday, 15 November 2022. 9am Seattle time. 5pm London time.
Session details: no host, open discussion, not recorded.
Zoom registration: Contact CSI for a link to register, and make sure to indicate which session you wish the link for.