Couple relationships.

  • Firestone R
  • Firestone L
  • Catlett J
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Abstract

This chapter discusses couple relationships and approaches for dealing with the pain and distress in relation to the difficulties experienced in these relationships. The authors note couples' attempts to recreate the emotional environment that was present in the original family through three major modes of defenses: selection, distortion, and provocation. They then describe the development and manifestations of the fantasy bond in terms of withholding, polarization of parent-child ego states, idealization/denigration of the other, and loss of independence. The remaining sections in the chapter discuss the application of voice therapy to couple relationships, other psychotherapeutic techniques for understanding and improving relationships, and corrective suggestions used by participants in the friendship circle. These approaches to couple relationships suggest that by relinquishing illusions of connection and separating from destructive modes of thinking, men and women can expand their capacity to both offer and accept love. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Couples
  • *Couples Therapy
  • *Defense Mechanisms
  • *Fantasy (Defense Mechanism)
  • Psychotherapeutic Techniques

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Authors

  • Robert W Firestone

  • Lisa A Firestone

  • Joyce Catlett

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