It's been more than three decades since Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt—the best-selling authors of Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find—created Imago Relationship Therapy. Their concept of the "conscious marriage" introduced a new paradigm for understanding the dynamics of couples. Since that time more than two thousand clinicians in twenty-eight countries have adopted and implemented this highly effective form of couples therapy.
This groundbreaking book offers an overview of the highly successful Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) and the relationship of IRT with preceding schools of thought such as psychoanalytic theory, family systems theories, affect theory, and self-psychology. At the heart of IRT is a three-step process involving mirroring (reflecting) the partner's feelings, validating the partner's point of view, and expressing empathy toward the partner's feelings. Imago Relationship Therapy traces IRT's history and explosive growth and outlines the differences and similarities between Imago theory and other models of couples therapy. The book also presents some of the ideas of prominent Imago thinkers, such as the central role of connectivity and the problem of envy in committed relationships.
"A uniquely important book for the practitioner, which provides clinical wisdom and a rare look into the heart and soul of Imago Relationship Therapy."
—Pat Love, Ed.D., author, The Truth About Love
Foreword: My View of Imago (Randall C. Mason, Ph.D.). Acknowledgments. Introduction: A Theory of Relationality (Wade Luquet, Ph.D.). Part One: Perspectives of the Founders. 1. The Evolution of Imago Relationship Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey (Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.). 2. Relationship as a Living Laboratory (Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.). 3. Conscious Marriage as Covenant (Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.). Part Two: Perspectives on Comparisons with Other Models. 4. Family Systems Theory and Imago Therapy: A Theoretical Interpretation (Randy Gerson, Ph.D.). 5. An Exploration of Imago Relationship Therapy and Affect Theory (Joseph Zielinski, Ph.D.). 6. Relationship Knowing: Imago and Object Relations (Stephen R. Plumlee, M.Div., Ph.D.). 7. Contemporary Psychoanalytic Relational Theories and Imago: Concepts for Relational Healing (Mona R. Barbera, Ph.D.). Part Three: Perspectives on Clinical Theory. 8. Imago, Relationships, and Empathy (Randall C. Mason, Ph.D.). 9. Imago, Relationships, and Empathy: A Response to Mason (Ted Smith, D.Min.). 10. Imago: A Theory and Therapy of Connectivity (Randall C. Mason, Ph.D.). 11. The Relationship Nightmare as an Expression of Disconnection (Randall C. Mason, Ph.D., Margaret Mason, Ph.D., and Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D.). 12. Envy's Manifestation in Individuals and Couples: Implications for Imago Therapy (Bernard J. Baca, Ph.D.). 13. The Conscious Self in a Creational Paradigm (Sophie Slade, Ph.D.). About the Editors. About the Contributors. Index.
Harville Hendrix is the author or coauthor, with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, of six books, including the best-sellers Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples and Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide. Mo Therese Hannah is associate professor of psychology at Siena College in Latham, New York, and managing editor of the Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy. Wade Luquet is associate professor of sociology at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, and a coeditor of the Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy.