The human genome and the representational world: the role of early mother-infant interaction in creating an interpersonal interpretive mechanism.

@article{Fonagy2001TheHG,
  title={The human genome and the representational world: the role of early mother-infant interaction in creating an interpersonal interpretive mechanism.},
  author={Peter Fonagy},
  journal={Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic},
  year={2001},
  volume={65 3},
  pages={427-48}
}
  • Peter Fonagy
  • Published 2001 in Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
The author discusses the interrelationship of genetic predisposition, experiences in the first 3 years of life, and psychological disturbance in later development. The current emphasis on genetic determinism has led to the popular misconception that early relationships with caregivers play a relatively minor role in the development of mental disorder. The author argues that early attachment relationships matter because the mental mechanism moderating the expression of individual genotypes is… CONTINUE READING