Steve Heigham

Msc in Evolutionary Psychology

Mentalisation in psychotherapy. Final I have published this article in the BPS Psychotherapy Section Review on ‘Mentalisation’ – our ability to understand the workings of our own and other’s minds, following on from the ‘Social brain hypothesis’ as proposed by Robin Dunbar. I characterised this ability as a human trait that has evolved as part of the neural circuits that regulate social behaviour through empathy, guilt, shame and self-awareness, and quoted research that showed the importance of mentalisation in the psychtherapeutic process.