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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 Emotionally Experienced Close Relationships

Complex Thought and Emotionally Experienced Close Relationships

(p.51) 4 Complex Thought and Emotionally Experienced Close Relationships
Adult Development

Jan D. Sinnott

Oxford University Press

As we explore the connection between cognition and relationship satisfaction we need to examine where cognition might intersect with relationships. More specifically, how does complex problem-solving ability affect emotionally salient connections and relationships? We need a general perspective before moving on to study any specific processes; to approach these questions more effectively we need to develop a theory of complex thought and emotionally experienced relationships. Felt connections are emotionally experienced relationships. What do felt connections—emotionally experienced connections among aspects of the self, between self and another, and between self and some transcendent value, belief, or meaning—have to do with complex postformal cognition? Cognitive development at every point in the lifespan can be considered an adaptive transformation of the self, a dance of transformation that demands constant movement and balance.

Keywords:   complex thought, felt connection, cognition, relationship, self, meaning

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