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Four decades of contributions to personality theory and family practice have earned Luciano L’Abate a worldwide reputation for therapeutic insights. Now he expands on his pathbreaking relational theory of personality to apply it to the twenty-first-century family in all its configurations. Personality in Intimate Relationships showcases L’Abate’s trademark elegant style and provocative ideas in his most accessible work to date.
Based on Axes I and II of the DSM-IV, the book describes relationships along a readily identifiable continuum ranging from optimal functionality to severe pathology, linking the author’s conceptual framework to specific diagnostic strategies, therapeutic interventions, and prevention programs. L’Abate’s theory not only integrates individual and family theories and seemingly disparate schools of thought, but is also inclusive of nontraditional relationships—grandparent/grandchild dyads, adoptive families, same-sex couples, and others—that are often left out of the family literature.
Among the key areas explored in the book:
• Selfhood and self-differentiation
• Confrontation and sharing of hurt feelings
• Negotiating, bargaining, and problem-solving
• Dealing with distance and closeness
• Intimacy and the ability to love
In addition, the reader is referred to complementary online appendices that supply helpful questionnaires, workbooks, and ideas for further applications.
Personality in Intimate Relationships offers fresh perspective to all frontline practitioners as well as investigators in this area. It is also ideal for graduate courses in abnormal psychology and personal development.
Chapter 1. Background for a Theory of Personality in Intimate Relationships and Psychopathology Section I. Requirements for the Theory Chapter 2. Reducibility to Known Psychological Constructs Chapter 3. Verifiability and Accountability: Applications to Non-clinical and Clinical Populations Section II. Meta-theoretical Assumptions Chapter 4. The Horizontality of Relationships: A Width Model1 Chapter 5. The Verticality of Relationships: A Depth Model2 Chapter 6. Settings as Contexts for Relationships: Model3 Section III. Assumptions of the Theory: Processes and Contents Chapter 7. Space and the Ability to Love: Model4 Chapter 8. Time and the Ability to Negotiate: Models5,6 Chapter 9. Contents of what is Exchanged: Model7
Section IV. Models of the Theory: Back to Processes Chapter 10. Developmental Self-differentiation: Model8 Chapter 11. Styles in Intimate Relationships: Model9 Chapter 12. Selfhood: The Attribution of Importance: Model10 Chapter 13. Priorities: What is Really Important? Model11
Section V. Applications of the Theory Chapter 14. Distance Regulation: Model12 Chapter 15. The Drama Triangle: Model13 Chapter 16. Intimacy: Sharing of Hurts, Model14 Chapter 17. Negotiating: How to Solve Problems, Model15 Chapter 18. AConcluding Model16 and a Comparative Model17 Section VI. Conclusion Chapter 19. Evaluation of the Theory Chapter 20. The Future of the Theory