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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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Cognitive Aspects of Close Relationships that Thrive

Cognitive Aspects of Close Relationships that Thrive

Practices for Dyads in Intimate Relationships

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(p.115) 8 Cognitive Aspects of Close Relationships that Thrive
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Adult Development
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Jan D. Sinnott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892815.003.0008

This chapter offers an outline of activities that couples and intimate dyads can use, together in private or with a therapist, to improve their complex thinking skills and to learn to apply those skills to their relationship with the goal of achieving a more satisfying relationship. Some of the exercises are focused on the growth of operations of postformal complex thought in a relational context. Other exercises are applications of postformal complex thought concepts and thinking operations to make relationship events clearer to each participant. The postformal operations, described in earlier chapters, include metatheory shift, problem definition, process/product shift, parameter setting, multiple solutions, pragmatism, multiple causality, multiple methods, and paradox.

Keywords:   thinking skills, exercises, problem definition, product shift, parameter setting, pragmatism, paradox

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