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Adult DevelopmentCognitive Aspects of Thriving Close Relationships$
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Jan D. Sinnott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892815.001.0001

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Complex Thought and Adult Intimate Relationships

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Adult Development

Jan D. Sinnott

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the outline of the book, which describes some underlying cognitive processes that interact with emotional and social factors to support satisfying interactions in close relationships. The book offers a new way of thinking about relationships and may be a rich starting point for research and applications in many settings, for example, in therapy. The information presented explains one way in which complex problem-solving skills can make intimate relationships richer and more satisfying. It develops an extension of the author’s theory and research program on the development and uses of complex postformal thought during adulthood and aging.

Keywords:   intimate relationships, problem-solving skills, postformal thought, emotion, social factors, cognition, adulthood, aging

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