Dr. Marion Solomon is senior faculty at UCLA, Department of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences, Extension Division, and Professor at the American Behavioral Studies Institute in Beverly Hills. She is Co-Founder of the Lifespan Learning Institute (www.lifespanlearn.org), dedicated to advanced training and application of research in individual, group and family therapy.
Dr. Solomon’s books “Narcissism and Intimacy” and “Lean On Me” predated her immersion into short term dynamic psychotherapy. They were very focused on attachment, attunement, and the trauma of failed relationships. “Narcissism and Intimacy” focuses on connection to emotions, and narcissistic defenses against closeness. “Lean On Me” was a challenge to the co-dependency movement, and focuses on the importance of interdependence in a culture that values independence.
To Solomon, the desire to heal and grow is a wired-in capacity, which she calls the transformance drive, and that healing change must derive from this innate resiliency. Emotional healing and brain re-wiring occur as the patient forms a new experience of a secure attachment relationship to the therapist, and the therapist helps the patient to experience emotions that, in the past, have been too overwhelming.