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It is always useful to review an article’s bibliography and references to get a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts and theoretical framework in it.

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Livingston, M.S. (2007). Sustained Empathic Focus, Intersubjectivity, and Intimacy in the Treatment of Couples. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 2(3):315-338.

(2007). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 2(3):315-338

Sustained Empathic Focus, Intersubjectivity, and Intimacy in the Treatment of Couples

Martin S. Livingston, Ph.D.

Theory should provide a focus for clinical work. A self psychological/intersubjective model provides a particular emphasis that can guide listening and intervention. Sustaining a focus on an individual's subjective/affective experience, and on emerging vulnerability, invites the processing of previously walled-off painful affect. This article underscores how a sustained empathic focus can be instrumental in the development of an increased capacity for affect regulation and the building of psychic structure in the context of couples treatment. This focus, particularly in working with couples, highlights, and often begins to heal, intersubjective differences and ruptures, leading to a deepening of intimacy in both individuals.

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