Jack 's Survival Strategies And Patterns Of Adaptation

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Jack’s Survival Strategies and Patterns of Adaptation
As a child, Jack’s life was extremely structured and contained. Ma was Jack’s source for everything, including his survival. When Ma took a “gone day,” Jack coped with her lack of response by withdrawing into his own world, reading, drawing, watching TV, and sleeping. As Jack grew, his inner resources of creativity and imagination increased and helped him to cope with his isolation and anxiety. When Jack finally experienced the vast world of people and spaces, Ma remained his only real interpersonal connection. When Ma attempted suicide and left Jack alone for an extended period, he once again retreated to his inner world, playing in a closet.
In his adolescence, Jack did well academically, but his social anxiety and substance abuse became more pervasive, and as he grew to adulthood, he expressed a preoccupied attachment style in his relationships, repeating his childhood ambivalence toward Ma. Jack’s preoccupied pattern manifested in therapy as a lack of coherent thinking and a preoccupation with his past relationship with his mother, which intrudes on his current relationships (Wallin, 2007, p. 33). Jack’s anxiety and fear of abandonment cause him to lack trust in his interpersonal relationships; he is unable to perceive others’ signals effectively, is overwhelmed with doubts about relying on others, and is continually flooded by unresolved past issues (Siegel & Hartzell, 2014, p. 141)(p. 141). Just as he did in his…
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