Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA, FMedSci, FAcSS, OBE, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1952. Fonagy, alongside Anthony Bateman, originally developed and evaluated mentalization-based treatment (MBT) in the 1990s as a manualized, evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy technique for work with patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a partial hospital setting. The mentalization-based approach has now been extended to the treatment of many mental health disorders, in different clinical settings. Mentalizing is the capacity to understand other people’s and one’s own behavior in terms of underlying mental states – their beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and knowledge. The MBT approach assumes that the acquisition of the capacity to mentalize well is influenced by the quality of early relationships with caregivers, in interaction with genetic disposition. Atypical parenting experiences, including trauma and maltreatment, can disrupt the development of...
- Fonagy, P., Luyten, P., & Allison, E. (2015). Epistemic petrification and the restoration of epistemic trust: A new conceptualization of borderline personality disorder and its psychosocial treatment. Journal of Personality Disorders, 29(5), 575–609. https://doi.org/10.1521/pedi.2015.29.5.575.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar