The High Conflict Couple

A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, & Validation

By Alan E., PhD. Fruzzetti & Linehan, Marsha

Publishers Summary:
Some couples need more than just the run-of-the-mill relationship advice to solve their problems in love. When out-of-control emotions are the root cause of problems in a relationship, no amount of effective communication or intimacy building will fix what ails it. What these "high-conflict" couples need is help regulating the emotions that provoke the "escape or win" mode of interaction that has come to define them. In this book, a noted expert in the use of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in couples' therapy adapts this powerful set of emotion regulation tools. Using mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques, you'll learn how to deescalate conflict situations before they have a chance to flare into serious fights. Other techniques help partners in a relationship disclose their personal fears and vulnerabilities and validate one another's experiences. Ultimately, you'll learn how to manage problems with negotiation, not conflict, and how to find true acceptance and closeness with your partner.

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ISBN
978-1-57224-450-4
Publisher
New Harbinger Publications


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Reviewed on November 15, 2006

High-conflict relationships are the subject of these works, which each take a different approach to this growing problem. Fruzzetti (psychology, director, DBT Therapy & Research Prog., Univ. of Nevada, Reno; coauthor,Dialectical Behavior Therapy [DBT]with Couples and Families ) presents solid advice for couples wanting to take an active role in improving their relationship. His information is based jointly on the principles of DBT, a treatment for emotion dysregulation (inappropriate emotional response) developed by Marsha M. Linehan, who wrote the foreword, as well as on the established principles of healthy couple and family interaction and intervention developed by other professionals working in couples therapy. Fruzzetti includes practical, step-by-step exercises designed to help high-conflict couples build a stronger partnership while acknowledging areas tha...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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