Between Give and Take: A Clinical Guide to Contextual Therapy

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In this volume, Boszormenyi-Nagy and Krasner provide a comprehensive, sharply focused guide to the clinical use of Contextual Therapy (CT) as a therapy rooted in the reality of human relationships. The authors describe a far-reaching trust-based approach to individual freedom and interpersonal fairness that makes possible a remarkably effective system of psychotherapy. Between Give and Take clearly delineates four basic dimensions of relational reality: factual predeterminants, human psychology, communications and transactions and due consideration or merited trust. It is this last dimension that is the cornerstone of CT. It builds on the realm of the "between" that reshapes human relationships and liberates each relating person for mature living.
 

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Contents

An Orientation to Contextual Therapy
5
Background
21
The Development of
32
The Four Dimensions of Relational Reality
43
A FourDimensional
67
Three Aspects of the Dialogue Between Persons
73
Dialogue Between the Person and the Human
98
The ClientTherapist Dialogue
137
A Case Illustration
235
Crediting
263
Multidirected Partiality
281
Contextual Work with Marriage
313
APPLICATIONS AND GUIDELINES
331
Divorce and Remarriage
345
Other Applications of Contextual Therapy
375
The Making of a Contextual Therapist
395

Assessing Relational Reality
153
Health Autonomy and Relational Resources
199
Reworking the Impasse
215
On Meaning Between the Generations
409
References
423
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Page 1 - Even very small children are sensitive barometers; they know when their parents are overburdened with anxiety, guilt and mistrust. Moreover, they want to do something about it. Clinical observation of families gives ample indications of how enormously giving and caring very young offspring want to be toward their massively needy parents. It is precisely this reality that lies at the core of later, adult-age loyalty conflict: "By what right can I enjoy other relationships if my parents are always...

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