Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology / Edition 1

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In this volume the author presents a new theory of personality within the relational context of the family and other networks of intimate relationships. Departing from established views of personality that foster either an individual conceptualization or a family functioning model, this theory seeks to integrate the two. It acknowledges the roles of caretakers, siblings, relatives, friends and partners as important aspects of development that interface with an individual's personality and contributes to overall development. Functionality and dysfunctionality are viewed through this more integrative concept that makes the connection between personality socialization and the ability to love as well as to negotiate the problem solving tasks inherent in living. Bringing the theory into real life, the author offers verifiable models that can be empirically evaluated through self-report tests and specifically designed enrichment programs, self-help workbooks and therapeutic tasks for the clinical setting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387226057
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/11/2005
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 482
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Since his retirement in 1990, Luciano L’Abate, Ph.D. has been Professor Emeritus at Georgia State University where he was previously a Professor of Psychology beginning in 1965. L’Abate has been an editorial board member of many national and foreign professional and scientific journals, as well as a consultant to various publishing houses. He is the author and co-author of over 300 papers, chapters, and book reviews in professional journals in addition to authoring/editing 34 books. His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Finnish, Spanish, French, Polish, and German languages. Dr. L’Abate is the recipient of many awards including "Family Psychologist of the Year for 1994" by Division 43 of the American Psychological Association, "Outstanding Contribution" by the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and "Outstanding Citizen" by the House of Representatives in the State of Georgia. He has also held workshops and lectured extensively in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Dr. L’Abate has spent the last several years involved full-time in writing and research since his retirement from Georgia State University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Background for a theory of personality socialization in intimate relationships and psychopathology 1
Ch. 2 Reducibility to known psychological constructs 27
Ch. 3 Verifiability and accountability : applications to nonclinical and clinical populations 35
Ch. 4 The horizontality of relationships : a width model 79
Ch. 5 The verticality of relationships : a depth model 117
Ch. 6 Settings as contexts for intimate relationships : model 137
Ch. 7 Space and the ability to love : model 157
Ch. 8 Time and the ability to negotiate : models 177
Ch. 9 Modalities of exchange : the triangle of living, model 195
Ch. 10 Developmental identity-differentiation : model 211
Ch. 11 Styles in intimate relationships : model 235
Ch. 12 Selfhood : the attribution of importance : model 251
Ch. 13 Priorities : what is really important? : model 305
Ch. 14 Distance regulation : model 319
Ch. 15 The drama triangle : model 327
Ch. 16 Intimacy : sharing hurts and fears of being hurt : model 333
Ch. 17 Negotiating how to solve problems : model 353
Ch. 18 A concluding model and a comparative model 363
Ch. 19 Testing the theory in the laboratory and prevention settings 369
Ch. 20 The future of the theory 379
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