By Christopher Clulow

Grownup Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy brings study and perform views to undergo at the grownup couple courting, and offers a framework for assessing and dealing with safe and insecure partnerships. The publication makes use of shiny illustrations from scientific and neighborhood paintings and gives stimulating studying for all these desirous about this box who desire to re-assess their versions of perform.

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Part I conceptualises security in committed adult heterosexual partnerships, drawing principally on contemporary research. Conceptualising the secure couple is not simply an academic exercise. It has real utility for clinicians as they review their assessment criteria for couples Introduction 7 seeking help, consider the nature of the therapeutic process, review their part in effecting or obstructing change, and explore appropriate benchmarks for measuring outcome in a culture that increasingly expects practice to be evidencebased.

This state of mind in the couple attachment system translates into a perpetual feeling of deprivation, and a complementary conviction that the other can never satiate the need for comfort. Like the ambivalent infant, the preoccupied adult seeks and demands emotional contact in the couple relationship, but is unsatisfied and angry in relation to that contact, thus resisting the very emotional contact being sought. In this couple pattern there is a high level of open disagreement and conflict because each partner, while demanding that the other satisfy their chronic and insatiable dependency needs, at the same time rejects any response as inadequate.

All we mean to do with these introductory observations is to suggest how research and therapy can work towards a satisfying and constructive marriage Patterns of relating in the couple 27 between frames of reference which are often felt to be antithetical. To put it in the language of one of our collaborators on the project, Peter Hobson, we want to explore ‘how non-analytic research might complement psychoanalytic investigations of inter-subjective psychological processes’ (1995: 167) Chapter 2 Attachment security in adult partnerships Judith Crowell and Dominique Treboux Bowlby and Ainsworth made clear statements about the importance of attachment in adult life.

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