Couple conflicts from an attachment narrative therapy perspective
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Wydział Psychologii Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Centrum Pomocy Psychologicznej UW
Szymon Krzysztof Chrząstowski   

Uniwersytet Warszawski, Wydział Psychologii
Submission date: 2020-06-20
Final revision date: 2020-09-09
Acceptance date: 2020-09-14
Publication date: 2020-12-30
Psychoter 2020;194(3):31–44
Conflicts seem to be one of the most common problems presented by couples undergoing couple therapy. Although the results of research show the clearly negative impact of destructive conflicts on couple functioning, a constructive resolution of conflicts may strengthen the relationships of people who are close to each other. The aim of this article is to present core information concerning couple conflicts and then discuss the range of psychological assistance options available to couples from an attachment narrative therapy (ANT) perspective. In this approach, the source of conflict may be unmet attachment needs. Attachment strategies constitute an interactional pattern, and this pattern could become problematic for a couple. During psychotherapy, the main focus is not on individual attachment strategies but on the interactional pattern. ANT is a stream in psychotherapy that integrates the systemic, narrative, trauma theory, and attachment theory approaches. Such an extensive integration has enabled psychotherapists working in different approaches to easily draw upon the assumptions of ANT in their practice. The article is brought to a close with guidance for psychotherapy work with couples who are struggling to cope with conflict.