This chapter introduces the basic concepts of mentalization. It provides a working definition and discusses the several dimensions involved. The chapter introduces mentalization-based treatment – now used to treat a range of mental health problems. Mentalization can be described as taking place in four dimensions, which have to be balanced in order for people to function well enough in the social world. The experience of the child grows, and from about seven years on, the young person starts to have access to memories of inner states to try and understand self and others. In the theory of mind literature, there is not much discussion about how mentalization develops in adolescence and beyond. Treatment based upon these was developed and evaluated in work with patients with borderline personality disorder. Mentalization-Based Treatment is by now an evidence-based form of treatment, with a protocol and a set of qualitative standards.
|Title of host publication||Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents: A Practical Treatment Guide|
|Editors||Trudie Rossouw, Maria Wiwe, Ionna Vrouva|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Publication status||Published - May 2021|