A parents’ ability to think about their baby’s behaviour, in terms of underlying feelings and intentions, is known as parental reflective functioning or mind-mindedness.
An important part of a parent’s interaction with their baby is their ability to show their baby that they have understood what the baby is feeling. This process is known as marked mirroring. This video slows down the interaction to show how mum communicates her understanding of the baby’s feelings.
Video to come…
AiMH has created an information sheet for members on ‘The significance of the reflective function’.