The owned child - how to work with the symbiotic character
Do you ever ask...
"Why is that client so attached?" or "what really caused that client to become so attached?".
The symbiotic 'owned child' has not developed a self they can call their own, but has learned to borrow or fuse their identity with someone else. The symbiotic has not been able to express aggression and has not therefore been able to separate.
Do you recognise clients that;
- experience being assertive as dangerous
- have a disturbed relationship with anger, and yet you sense the anger within them
- their life is almost continually involved with others
- lack motivation for anything that is for themselves unless another is present
- find every activity that is independent, autonomous or disconnected from others is experienced as dangerous, selfish or hurtful to others.
Though the symbiotic and borderline characters are on the same spectrum this workshop focuses on the symbiotic adaptation.
This workshop will enable you to:
- Understand the developmental origins of the owned child.
- Identify the symbiotic character and the difference between the symbiotic and borderline adaptations.
Date: Friday, 21 June 2019. The workshop will run from 10am-5pm.
For more detailed information about this workshop and all the workshops in the series, and to book your place, please visit our website at http://www.colebycentre.com/the-owned-child
About Gill Coleby
This series is based on the work of Stephen Johnson, with a lot of other referenced work, as well as Gill's 20 years of clinical experience. The sessions are kept small to enable group discussions and sharing of clinical work, to demonstrate the useful tool of understanding character styles.