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Intimacy

  • Martin Fischer
  • George Stricker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Richard E. Sexton, Virginia Staudt Sexton
    Pages 1-20
  3. Robert Mendelsohn
    Pages 39-51
  4. Jay S. Kwawer
    Pages 53-64
  5. Ernest S. Wolf
    Pages 65-77
  6. Joseph W. Newirth
    Pages 79-97
  7. Jacob H. Kirman
    Pages 99-114
  8. Martin N. Fisher
    Pages 115-125
  9. Magda Denes
    Pages 127-140
  10. Alvin R. Mahrer
    Pages 141-158
  11. Douglas M. Davidove
    Pages 159-173
  12. Gayla Margolin
    Pages 175-201
  13. Albert Ellis
    Pages 203-217
  14. Judith Ladner
    Pages 219-230
  15. Max Rosenbaum
    Pages 231-246
  16. Bernard Frankel
    Pages 247-266
  17. Elaine Hatfield
    Pages 267-292
  18. James M. McMahon
    Pages 293-304
  19. David Morris
    Pages 305-323
  20. Milton S. Gurvitz
    Pages 325-346
  21. Nicholas Papouchis
    Pages 347-369
  22. Margot Tallmer
    Pages 371-382
  23. Richard M. Billow, Robert Mendelsohn
    Pages 383-401
  24. Michael H. Stone
    Pages 427-442
  25. Constance T. Fischer
    Pages 443-460
  26. Back Matter
    Pages 461-472

About this book

Introduction

Intimacy is a complex and heterogeneous concept that has generated a variety of definitions, theories, and philosophies over the years. Al­ though there is much disagreement about the essential meaning of the term, there seems to be a consensus that intimacy, whatever it may be, is of central importance in human relationships, and specifically, in the theory and practice of psychotherapy. One approach to intimacy focuses on an intrapsychic conception. Intimacy occurs when an individual achieves full self-knowledge, and is fully in touch with his or her feelings and wishes. From this viewpoint, an intimate act occurs when a person is willing to share these feelings and wishes with another, so that self-disclosure becomes an important index of intimacy. This definition also implies that intimacy need not be reciprocal, so that a therapeutic relationship can achieve a good deal of intimacy without the therapist engaging in self-disclosure. An alternate approach to intimacy stresses the interpersonal nature of the concept. Intimacy is seen as the product of an interaction, and can only occur between people. Each one is able to touch something meaningful in the other, whether at a conscious, behavioral level or an unconscious and inferential level. Therapists seeking intimacy in these terms would probably be a good deal more active, and consider it more important to reveal something of the substance of their own persons, if not the facts of their lives.

Keywords

Therapeut assessment interaction play therapy psychoanalysis psychotherapy social learning stress

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Fischer
    • 1
  • George Stricker
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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