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Presents an innovative approach to couples therapy based upon a nonadversary therapeutic model that encourages partners to incorporate their conflicts and fantasies into their relationship. Sets forth a critique of the psychoanalytic, behavioral, and systems approaches and describes techniques for patient-therapist collaboration and supportive therapeutic intervention on behalf of each partner, Includes strategies for handling angry partners, withdrawn partners, polarized partners, and patients who reject the therapist's interpretations.
Presents orientation to therapeutic contact based on incor- porating, rather than renouncing, fantasies & arguments.
Depth Analysis Versus Ego Analysis.
TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO COUPLES THERAPY.
The Psychoanalytic Approach.
The Systems Approach.
The Behavior Therapy Approach.
SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MY APPROACH.
The Inevitability of Fantasy and Alienation.
Love and Compromise.
An Individual Oriented Systems Approach.
An Insight Approach to Couples Therapy.
Resistance and Disqualification.
MAJOR FORMS OF INTERVENTION.
Clarifying Each Partner's Position.
Taking Each Partner's Side: Paired Binds Interpretations.
Developing a Shared Perspective.
APPLICATION TO CLASSIC PARTNER TYPES.
THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF MY APPROACH.
Incorporating Problems into Relationships.
Incorporating Fantasies into Relationships.
Posted May 29, 2000
According to John Gottman, the prominent researcher and writer on marriage, Dan Wile is 'a genuis and the greatest living marital therapist.' This classic book on couple's therapy, critiques each of the popular approaches to couple's therapy, then takes the best from each without losing depth. Indeed, he suggests an approach to working with couple's which takes the therapist out of the adversarial stance and into the position of ally of each person, thus, enhancing the process. His writing is lucid and thoughtful, with lots of examples. I have recommended this book to countless graduate students and experienced therapists... all have found it to be brilliant, some going so far as to say it altered their entire approach to couple's work. A must read for marital and couple's therapist of any theoretical orientation. As a professor and therapist myself, I recommend this book highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.