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Decreases Emotional Avoidance
Feb 22, 2021   45     0.0

Decreases Emotional Avoidance

Couples who avoid expressing their private feelings put themselves at greater risk of becoming emotionally distant and growing apart.

Couples who avoid expressing their private feelings put themselves at greater risk of becoming emotionally distant and growing apart. Effective couples therapists help their clients bring out the emotions and thoughts that they fear expressing to the other person. Attachment-based couples therapy allows the partners to feel less afraid of expressing their needs for closeness.

According to this view, some partners who failed to develop “secure” emotional attachments in childhood have unmet needs that they carry over into their adult relationships. They fear showing their partners how much they need them because they are afraid that their partners will reject them. Behaviorally based therapists assume that adults may fear expressing their true feelings because, in the past, they did not receive “reinforcement.” Either way, both theoretical approaches advocate helping their clients express their true feelings in a way that will eventually draw them closer together.

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