Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology / Edition 1

Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology / Edition 1

by Luciano L'Abate
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Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780387226057
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 05/11/2005
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

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

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