VIDEO: Dr. Allan Schore on the Paradigm Shift in Addressing Suicide

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s interview with Dr. Allan Schore.


Dr. Allan Schore describes the current paradigm shift in addressing suicide. 

Dr. Allan Shore: We are in the midst of a paradigm shift. I mean things are really shifting and changing here, and the interactions now between science on the one hand and clinical practice, are really folding together rather quickly.

The answers to the questions of suicide, as the answers to other questions, like the etiology of severe aggressive disorders or whatever, are now more and more looking to interdisciplinary models which bring together a number of different fields.  And I would suggest that in the deeper understanding of suicide, which is important for clinical work, really takes knowledge of more than psychology in this particular case.

About the Author

Allan Schore, Ph.D.

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. He is author of four seminal volumes,Affect Regulation and the Origin of the SelfAffect Dysregulation and Disorders of the SelfAffect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, and The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His Regulation Theory, grounded in developmental neuroscience and developmental psychoanalysis, focuses on the origin, psychopathogenesis, and psychotherapeutic treatment of the early forming subjective implicit self.

His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including developmental neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. His groundbreaking integration of neuroscience with attachment theory has lead to his description as "the American Bowlby," with emotional development as "the world’s leading authority on how our right hemisphere regulates emotion and processes our sense of self," and with psychoanalysis as "the world's leading expert in neuropsychoanalysis."

The American Psychoanalytic Association has described Dr. Schore as "a monumental figure in psychoanalytic and neuropsychoanalytic studies."

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