Minding the Close Relationship: A Theory of Relationship Enhancement

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 236 pages
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This volume provides a statement of a new theory of how committed romantic partners can maintain and enhance their close relationships over an extended period. It blends the latest relationship scholarship on closeness with practical advice and comparison of minding with several other major theories of how to maintain closeness. Minding is a package of reciprocal thought, feeling, and behavior and involves components of behavior aimed at knowing and being known by one's partner, attribution about one's partner and the relationship, respect, acceptance, and a never ending commitment to the process.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction to the Minding Concept
1
Definition and Components
11
3 Knowing and Being Known by Ones Partner
31
4 Attributions in Close Relationships
61
5 Acceptance Respect Reciprocity and Continuity
84
6 Beginnings and Endings
97
7 Minding in the Close Relationship Literature
120
8 Minding and Other Major Concepts of Closeness
137
9 Evidence about Minding in Close Relationships
157
10 An International Perspective on Minding
168
11 Minding in Couples Therapy and Counseling
182
12 Limitations and Future Directions
201
References
215
Index
223
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