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Existential/Dialectical Marital Therapy : Breaking The Secret Code Of Marriage - Israel W. Charny

Existential/Dialectical Marital Therapy

Breaking The Secret Code Of Marriage

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780876306369
Number Of Pages: 281

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This volume aims to offer therapists a profound and original way of thinking about marital therapy and the marital process and explains many perplexing phenomena, such as why "better communication" so often leads to greater disturbance in marriage. Guided by this knowledge of the existential limitations of all people in our common human condition, and his insight into the dialectics of process, Dr Charny describes how each couple creates a unique system in the interactions of their strengths and weaknesses with one another. He also offers an unusual way of understanding the unique code of each such marital system.

Unraveling the Mystery of Marriage: All Existential/Dialectical Perspectivep. 1
The Unique Interplay of Strengths and Weaknesses in the Couples Marital Systemp. 16
Marrying Our Potential Helper/Rescuer Versus Our Torturer/Destroyer: Marriage as Effective Psychotherapyp. 32
What Is a Successful Marriage? Alternative Models by Which to Marry and Be Testedp. 54
When Is a Marital Problem a Problem? Hidden Traps in Seemingly Successful Marriagesp. 73
Levels of Psychological Organization in Marriage: Individuality, Couplehood and Familyp. 92
Defining the Goals of Marital Therapyp. 103
Formulating a Systemic Challenge for the Couple Along with Challenges for Individual Growthp. 126
Bringing Together and Separating: Similarity and Complementarity as Basic Organizing Principles in Marital Therapyp. 150
The Treatment of Destructive Communication: Teaching Couples How to Be Best Friends and Their Real Selvesp. 169
Marital Sexuality: Joyful and Loving Sexuality Versus "Good Marriages" with No Sex and "Bad Marriages" with Good Sexp. 199
"Catering and Not Catering Affairs": The Proper and Improper Pursuit of Extramarital Relationshipsp. 220
Helping Couples with Complexity and Inevitability: Becoming as Much as One Can and Reconciling with What One Cannotp. 245
Referencesp. 257
Name Indexp. 271
Subject Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780876306369
ISBN-10: 0876306369
Series: Frontiers in Couples and Family Therapy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 281
Published: 1st January 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1