Marital Tensions: Clinical Studies Towards a Psychological Theory of Interaction (Maresfield Library)

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In this book the author has gathered the various aspects of his theoretical and clinical approach to marriage difficulties into a coherent system, for the benefit of professional workers and students.

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Based on the psychoanalytic thought of Klein and Fairbairn, Dr Dicks views both "happy" and disturbed marriages as resultants of motivations determined by residual primary object-relational needs leading to the divergent social and cultural norms and expectations each partner brings to the relationship, which in a time, of rapid social change and loss of compelling family mores produces conflicts in role playing in marital as in other group relations. The symptomatology of the resulting stress situations is described in terms of incongruities of social and personal norms with unrecognized demands on self and partner for meeting residual infantile needs.'The fertile climate of the Tavistock Clinic, where Dicks developed his ideas, was successfully emulated by the Washington School of Psychiatry, which has developed the only well established analytic family therapy training program in the United States. Marital Tensions has been an organizing text in that program since its inception about fifteen years ago.The republication of Marital Tensions is most timely because there are stirrings in many quarters towards its integration of the theory and clinical practice of both individual and family therapy. This is especially appropriate in the United States where health care generally has been so fragmented and unintergrated.'- From the Foreword by Fred M. Sander M.D.

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