Intimate Autonomy: Autonomous Intimacy

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Family & Relationships - 145 pages
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This insightful new volume explores the many and varied aspects of the process of intimacy as it relates to autonomy in couples therapy. The nature of intimacy in relationships is explored from a variety of vantage points by experienced therapists with a wide range of backgrounds. This thought-provoking book will provide all therapists and mental health/counseling professionals with insight into the subject of intimacy and the problems involved in attaining access to the intimacy process in therapy with couples. Given that a large portion of the population of our culture suffers from various forms of intimacy disorder, Intimate Autonomy: Autonomous Intimacy brings a variety of viewpoints of utmost importance to all who are involved in couples therapy.

In-depth coverage of various factors related to intimacy and autonomy is provided by this intriguing book. Some of the topics examined include the myth and reality of intimate autonomy in couples relationships, narcissistic vulnerability in marriage, the fear of loneliness as the basic and universal drive motivating intimacy, intimate autonomy as it relates to the Gestalt therapy concept of the “I-Thou” relationship, a comparison of transference in therapy to falling in love, the use of existential reflection with Vietnam veterans in marital therapy to increase meaning awareness, and a clinical guide to the use of a conceptualization of marital intimacy based on the idea of a matrix of four basic characteristics of intimacy. Mental health professionals, pastoral counsellors, clergy, and psychotherapists will find plenty of food-for-thought on the subject of intimacy and autonomy in couples relationships in this fascinating volume.
 

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Contents

Connecting
1
Independent
9
Narcissistic Vulnerability in Marriage
25
Indicators of Narcissistic Defenses
31
Conclusion
37
Notes from Along the Way
49
Falling in Love as a Therapeutic MomentTherapy
55
The AfterFallinginLove
62
Open Conclusions
74
Existential Reflection in Marital Therapy with Vietnam
81
Conclusion
88
To Dream in Concert
95
A Model for Clinical Assessment
103
Conclusion
118
An Anatomy of Bonding in the Dyadic System
127
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