In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy

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Psychology Press, 1988 - Family & Relationships - 261 pages
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In Quest of the Mythical Mate presents a valuable and fertile developmental model for diagnosing and treating couples that is flexible enough to incorporate a wide variety of intervention strategies, yet purposeful enough to give a clear sense of direction to couples in distress. As such, this volume provides a powerful therapeutic approach for all professionals who treat couples.
  

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I like this approach and how they classified couples as having conflicts because of different developmental stages. Will probably use it in the future if I work with couples. Read full review

Contents

Diagnosing the Couples Stages
16
Treating Couples in a Developmental Model
42
Enmeshed Type
62
HostileDependent Type
79
The SymbioticDifferentiating Couple
98
The DifferentiatingDifferentiating Couple
119
The SymbioticPracticing Couple
144
The PracticingPracticing Couple
173
Rapprochement and Beyond
197
Commonly Asked Questions
218
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Page iv - Loevinger (1966) states that a developmental model has the following characteristics: (1) there is an invariable order of the stages of development; (2) no stage can be skipped; (3) each stage is more complex than the preceding one; and (4) each stage is based on the preceding one and prepares for the succeeding one.

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Bader is an internationally expert on couples therapy and co-director of The Couple's Institute in Menlo Park, California.

Pearson is an internationally expert on couples therapy and co-director of The Couple's Institute in Menlo Park, California.

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