By Peter L. Sheras, Phyllis R. Koch-Sheras
Veteran therapists Drs. Sheras and Koch-Sheras introduce a thrilling new strategy within which companions co-create a unified imaginative and prescient for his or her courting. by utilizing the "4 Cs" during this order: dedication, cooperation, verbal exchange, and neighborhood, any couple can go beyond their person identities to nurture "the couple as entity," in influence, crafting a complete that's more than the sum of its elements. optimistic, solution-oriented, and filled with workouts and illustrative case reports, this cutting edge publication is an quintessential source for therapists trying to empower their consumers and equip them with the revolutionary and functional instruments valuable for fit, long-lasting partnerships.
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This idealization often acts as a barrier to knowing the other person in any other way. This pattern may represent an immaturity of individuals who use the cultural stereotype of the ideally attractive mate as a guide for selecting a partner. Although many relationships typically begin with romance, some continue to function with these feelings and behaviors as paramount. Sometimes this pattern develops from a need for refuge or escape, and it may contain nearly obsessive behaviors of hypersexuality, overdependency, and neediness.
They operate as partners all of the time, even when they are not doing the same thing. They are not just with each other; they are for each other. Even though one or both partners might be in a bad mood or under stress one day, they know they will work things out somehow. When they cannot agree on what to do, they take turns generating solutions, or they originate a new plan. If one of the team players is sitting on the bench, as Helen was when she was in the hospital after the car accident, the other one pinch-hits for the couple team.
In fact, the practitioners themselves may actually be a part of the problem they are trying to help alleviate. Questions that need to be asked include the following: Are the goals in treatment geared to individual change or a change in the paradigm of the couple problem? When feeling frustrated or blocked by clients, how do I as a therapist think about the problem? In the context of treating couples, it is useful for us to see therapists as agents of change. First, we teach clients to view the world differently, and then we support them in finding ways to operate inside the new paradigm they have adopted.