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Segalla, R. (2004). Random Thoughts on Couple Therapy in a Postmodern Society. Psychoanal. Inq., 24(3):453-467.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 24(3):453-467

Random Thoughts on Couple Therapy in a Postmodern Society

Rosemary Segalla, Ph.D.

The postmodern period in psychoanalysis has had a considerable impact and influence on the psychotherapeutic process in both psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. The paradigm shift, reflected in the work of the intersubjectivists, rationalists, and social constructivists, has shifted emphasis from a one-person psychology to a two-person psychology. Implications for treatment are numerous. The change in emphasis affects not only how individual treatment is conducted but also couple therapy and group therapy. In considering the impact of these recent changes, the author notes the wide range of influences that inform her couple and group therapy. Although the current paradigm shift offers much, it seems to be an extension of earlier influences from self psychology, motivational systems, and attachment theory and of findings from neuropsychology. The author concludes that her couple work has also been intuitively informed by the implicit experience of the intersubjective field of group therapy.

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