The Heart Of The Matter: Perspectives On Emotion In Marital: Perspectives On Emotion In Marital Therapy

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The Heart of the Matter is a highly accessible volume that examines in depth the role of affective processes in intimate relationships via the perspectives of clinical psychologists and researchers from a variety of psychotherapeutic traditions. The Heart of the Matter provides insight into how expert therapists of varied orientations work with affective processes to improve troubled relationships and enhance individual functioning.
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Examines the role of affective processes in intimate relationships from the perspectives of various psychotherapeutic traditions. Uses case examples to demonstrate how therapists can address emotion in cognitive-behavioral, systemic, humanistic, experiential, and dynamic ego-analytic approaches. Discusses varied conceptions of emotion, and explores how affective processes can influence the disintegration and repair of intimate bonds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876307410
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Emotion in Intimate Relationships: Theory and Implications for Therapy 3
2 The Ego-Analytic Approach to Emotion in Couples Therapy 27
3 From Symptom to Signal: An Attachment View of Emotion in Marital Therapy 46
4 Helping Couples Make Authentic Emotional Contact 75
5 A Spiral Model of Intimacy 108
6 The Role of Emotion in Relationship Enhancement Marital/Family Therapy 124
7 Emotion in the Context of Systemic Marital Therapy 151
8 Emotion and Family Living: The Perspective of Structure Determinism 172
9 Emotion and Behavioral Couple Therapy 207
10 Toward an Integrated Model of Negative Affectivity in Marriage 227
11 An Agenda for Marital Therapy 256
12 Emotion in Intimate Interactions: A Synthesis 297
Name Index 325
Subject Index 333
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