Care Gone Awry

The Role of Attachment and Reflective Functioning
  • Karl H. Hennig
Part of the Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives book series (IICL, volume 5)


From the purview of his book Humanity: A Moral History, Jonathan Glover (2000) sees the twentieth century as the most brutal in human history. Consider the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Stalinist era, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda. These were parts of ideological wars that appealed to an array of hopes and fears, prejudices and envy, even hatred. Glover’s contribution to ethical discussion is in portraying these as wars whose main appeal was to a kind of morality. Many wars are fundamentally about ideas regarding how to establish a better world. Hitler appealed to social Darwinism, and Stalin appealed to socialism to justify their utopian social projects. Lenin spoke of breaking eggs to make an omelet, in which the omelet represents the utopian vision and the eggs the millions who died as the necessary means to its realization. Moral enthusiasm goes awry for reasons that moral principles, which tend to oversimplification, are often difficult to apply to complex personal and political situations.


Moral Identity Insecure Attachment Attribution Theory Reflective Functioning Moral Exemplarity 
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