Satisfaction in Close Relationships

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Robert J. Sternberg, Mahzad Hojjat
Guilford Press, 1997 - Psychology - 429 pages
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With the premise that close relationships are subjected to extraordinary scrutiny in contemporary society, the authors go on to say that this generation values individual fulfilment more than any before us. We are able to leave existing relationships with relative ease, demand a high level of satisfaction from our intimate relationships, and are frustrated at those times when we fail to achieve it.; This volume presents a range Of Theoretical And Clinical Approaches To Understanding And Promoting relationship satisfaction. Integrating findings from social, clinical and counselling psychology, researchers illuminate what it means to be satisfied within a love relationship and identify the factors that allow couples to create successful relationships over time.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Marital Satisfaction in Evolutionary
7
Atrachment and Relationship Satisfaction
26
Love and Satisfaction
56
A Hierarchical Model of Love and Its Prediction
79
Philosophy of Life as a Model
102
A Temporal Model of Relationship Satisfaction
129
Marital Satisfaction and Spousal Interaction
160
PART 3
217
l0 Conflict and Satisfaction in Couples
249
A New Theoretical Perspective
275
PART 4
305
l3 The Erosion of Marital Satisfaction over Time
335
l4 A SchemaFocused Perspective on Satisfaction
356
Author Index
411
Subject Index
421

Rethinking Satisfaction in Personal Relationships
190

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About the author (1997)

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, is IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. He is the author of two forthcoming books on love.

Mahzad Hojjat, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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