The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman's Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Psychology - 272 pages
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In The Dance of Intimacy, the bestselling author of The Dance of Anger outlines the steps to take so that good relationships can be strengthened and difficult ones can be healed. Taking a careful look at those relationships where intimacy is most challenged--by distance, intensity, or pain--she teaches us about the specific changes we can make to achieve a more solid sense of self and a more intimate connectedness with others. Combining clear advice with vivid case examples, Dr. Lerner offers us the most solid, helpful book on intimate relationships that both women and men may ever encounter.

 

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Contents

The Pursuit of Intimacy Is It Womens Work?
2
The Challenge of Change
11
Selfhood At What Cost?
21
Anxiety Revisited Naming the Problem
37
Distance and More Distance
53
Dealing with Differences
71
Defining a Bottom Line
88
Understanding Overfunctioning
103
Tackling Triangles
144
Bold New Moves The Story of Linda
163
Our MotherHer MotherOur Self
184
Reviewing SelfFocus The Foundations of Intimacy
202
Epilogue
224
Creating a Genogram
226
Notes
236
Index
246

Very Hot Issues A Process View of Change
124

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Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., is one of our nation’s most loved and respected relationship experts. Renowned for her work on the psychology of women and family relationships, she served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Clinic for more than two decades. A distinguished lecturer, workshop leader, and psychotherapist, she is the author of The Dance of Anger and other bestselling books. She is also, with her sister, an award-winning children's book writer. She and her husband are therapists in Lawrence, Kansas, and have two sons.

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