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Working with Defensive Projections in Conjoint Marriage Counseling

James F. Sunbury
Family Relations
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan., 1980), pp. 107-110
DOI: 10.2307/583723
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583723
Page Count: 4
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Working with Defensive Projections in Conjoint Marriage Counseling
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Abstract

Defensive projection is discussed as a mechanism important in understanding interpersonal relations, especially marriage. Projections are seen as an important source of both misperception of spouse, and reduced self awareness, leading to resentment and a rigid marital system. In conjoint marriage counseling, the counselor may intervene as an expert observer or facilitator, correcting perceptual distortion and helping each partner reach a broader view of self.

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