Theory and Practice of Mentalization-Based Therapy: Introduction | Mentalizing and Neurobiology | Mentalizing and Emotional
Life | Mentalizing and Development of Borderline Personality
Disorder | Mentalizing and Phenomenology | Conceptual Concerns | Practice of Mentalization-Based Treatment | Conclusion | Key Points | References | Suggested Readings
Mentalization, or better mentalizing, is the
process by which we make sense of each other and ourselves, implicitly
and explicitly, in terms of subjective states and mental processes.
It is a profoundly social construct in the sense that we are attentive
to the mental states of those we are with, physically or psychologically.
Equally we can temporarily lose awareness of those individuals as "minds" and
even momentarily treat them as physical objects (Allen et al. 2008).