An Application of Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory to The Human Companion Animal Bond: A Case Study
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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self psychology; intersubjectivity ; companion ; animal
A child may seek alternative ways to form connections, such as bonding with his/her pet(s), if his/her caregiver(s) cannot meet his/her needs. Pets, or companion animals, can strengthen the human's capacity for relationships and affect tolerance. This paper aims to explore how two psychological theories, self psychology and intersubjective systems theory, apply to the human animal bond. A case study demonstrates how the application of these theories in the treatment of a therapy client's relationship with her horses enabled her to see her world differently. These conclusions can be useful in validating the importance of clients' human-companion animal bonds and in therapy treatment in a broader context.
Schwartz, Rebecca, "An Application of Self Psychology and Intersubjective Systems Theory to The Human Companion Animal Bond: A Case Study" (2014). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 41.