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Fear of Intimacy
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Why is it that the relationships we care about most - those with our intimate partners - often seem doomed to fail? Why do we feel compelled to punish those closest to us who love and appreciate our real qualities? In ""Fear of Intimacy"", the authors bring almost 40 years of clinical experience to bear in challenging the usual ways of thinking about couples and families. They argue that relationships fail not for the commonly cited reasons, but because psychological defences formed in childhood act as a barrier to closeness in adulthood. A wide range of cross-generational case studies and powerful personal accounts illustrate how the ""fantasy bond"", a once-useful but now destructive form of self-parenting, jeopardizes meaningful attachments. Written in clear, jargon-free language, this book shows how therapists can help identify and overcome the messages of the internal ""voice"" that fosters distortions of the self and loved ones. Related issues such as interpersonal ethics and the role of stereotyping are also discussed. The authors' innovative approach should be of interest to therapists and couples alike.
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The Challenge of Intimate Relationships; Why Relationships Fail; An Ethical Perspective - Human Rights Issue in Personal Relationships; The Ideal Couple Relationship; Characteristics of the Ideal Family; Inwardness - Self-Protective Patterns That Restrict Emotional Transactions Between Partners; Remedial Procedures - Experiences That Affected Inward Patterns in the Couple and Family; The Fantasy Bond in Couple Relationships; Withholding in Couple and Family Relationships; Men; Women; Voices Affecting Intimacy; The Therapeutic Process in Couples Therapy; A Pilot Study Applying Voice Therapy with Four Couples - Clinical Material from a Series of Specialized Group Discussions; Transference, the Therapeutic Alliance and Love.

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