Abstract

The author proposes a theory of interpersonal development between couples. Using insights derived from Gestalt theory and constructive developmental psychology, he outlines three phases in the evolution of a couple's relational ground: confluence, on which mutuality is initially established; differentiation, characterized by complementarity; and integration, wherein each person assimilates disowned aspects of the self previously projected onto the other. He presents examples and suggests ways to work with each of the three phases.

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