The Splitting Up

The Splitting Up : Enmeshment & Estrangement in the Process of Divorce

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This thoroughly researched volume examines the emotional process of divorce, from the characterological struggle that leads to the breakup through the difficult adjustments that come after the marriage is over. Illustrated throughout with evocative case examples, the book explores why marriages fail, the feelings and reactions of both the rejecting and rejected partners, the psychodynamics of jealousy, the possibility of reconciliation, and the impact of divorce on children. Psychological and cultural perspectives are combined to provide valuable conceptual and clinical insights for professionals working with individuals and families in crisis. This title will be of interest to therapists in a range of clinical settings; students of couple and family therapy, psychology, psychiatry, and more

Product details

  • Paperback
  • Guilford Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 1138879649
  • 9781138879645

Table of contents

Foreword. Preface. Prologue: The Argument of the Book. Part I: The Couple in Separation. Introduction. Why Can't They Be Civilized? Dynamics of the Couple System. The Countersymbiant Partner. The Symbiant Mate. Leaving. Part II: Jealousy. Introduction. Infidelity versus Jealousy: Social History of a Dialectic. The Geometry of the Eternal Triangle. The Defilement Taboo: Jealousy's Legacy. Part III: Catastrophic and Other Severe Reactions to Rejection in Love. Introduction. Suicide: In the Shadow of the Object. Crimes of Passion. Psychosomatic Reactions to Rejection in Love. Sexual Dysfunction after Breakup. Part IV: The Nuclear Family in Fission: Effects on Children. Introduction.. Children of Divorce in the New American Families. How Feasible is "Cooperation where Children Are Concerned"? The Fairy-Tale Divorce for Children. Part V: Resolution of the Breakup: Letting Go versus Reconciling. Introduction. Love's Labor Lost: Letting Go. Reconciliation. Part VI: Psychological and Social Adjustment. Introduction. The Psychotherapy of Marital Breakups. The Issue of more