Repairing Intimacy

Repairing Intimacy

by Judith, Ph.D Siegel Ph.D
     
 

ISBN-10: 0876684592

ISBN-13: 9780876684597

Pub. Date: 10/28/1993

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Couples therapy is greatly enhanced when both the intrapsychic and interpersonal realms can be utilized. Object relations theory allows linkages between the spouses' subjective realities and their relationship in a way that allows the two worlds to be mutually informing. In Repairing Intimacy the theories of the American object relations theorists are applied to

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Couples therapy is greatly enhanced when both the intrapsychic and interpersonal realms can be utilized. Object relations theory allows linkages between the spouses' subjective realities and their relationship in a way that allows the two worlds to be mutually informing. In Repairing Intimacy the theories of the American object relations theorists are applied to couple dynamics. The representational world is used to explain how primitive defense mechanisms and other intrapsychic phenomena contribute to marital conflict. The structure, function, and content of the representational world all contribute to spousal expectations and the couple's capacity for intimacy. Esteem, soothing, and the propensity of splitting strongly affect the ways in which spouses interact. Projective identifications similarly provide explanations of the couple's interaction, internalized conflicts, and relationships with earlier objects. This book explains how object relations concepts can be used in assessment and in planning treatment goals. Treatment can provide stability or help the couple relate to each other with deepened understanding. Object relations dynamics can help therapists assess which treatment objectives and goals are most applicable to the couples they treat. The beginning and middle phases of couples treatment are given special consideration and include issues such as assessing the couple's commitment to each other and the importance of empathic listening. Other treatment topics include analysis of projective identification and the use of countertransference. Planned and unplanned terminations are also explored. In each treatment section case material is provided to explicate the therapist's role. The book also examines common therapy issues from an object relations perspective. These include the consequences and advantages of conjoint, concurrent, and collateral treatment approaches. Consideration is also given to the choice of focusing on the couple when the initial presenting problem is the family or an individual. Individual psychotherapy and family therapy can no longer be viewed as competing and disparate treatment approaches. This book creates an integrated approach so that couples can be understood in their totality. A Jason Aronson Book

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876684597
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Series:
Library of Object Relations Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment
Preface
Introduction
Pt. IObject Relations Theory
1Application of Object Relations Theory to Marital Treatment3
2The Content of the Representational World9
3The Functions of the Representational World23
4Investing Resources in the New Object27
5The Structure of the Representational World35
6Boundaries in the Marital Relationship51
7Splitting and Marital Stability55
8The Couple in Context59
Pt. IIPractice: The Beginning Phase
9Engaging the Couple in Treatment69
10Creating the Holding Environment73
11Assessing the Couple's Commitment81
12Instilling Hope87
13Analysis of Projective Identifications93
14Analysis of Countertransference103
15Modifying the Splitting109
16Empathic Listening115
17Setting Limits on Destructive Behavior125
Pt. IIIPractice: The Middle Phase
18Stabilizing versus Insight-Oriented Treatment133
19Long-Term Stabilizing Treatment137
20Short-Term Stabilizing Treatment155
21Insight-Oriented Treatment167
Pt. IVPractice: Termination
22Planned Termination183
23Premature Termination197
Pt. VTreatment Issues
24Conjoint versus Concurrent Treatment207
25Collateral Marital Treatment233
26Reaching the Couple through Family or Individual Therapy245
27The Outcome of Successful Marital Treatment255
References259
Index269

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