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Love, Sexuality, and Aging: Reflections from Couple Therapy

  • Ana Maria Gomes
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Part of the European Family Therapy Association Series book series (EFTAS)

Abstract

It seems that wisdom lies in the ability to keep oneself in tune with the changes that take place along the path of life and in the ability to reinvent the inner and relational worlds.

The aim of this chapter is to reflect on the concepts of love and sexuality, further contributing to update the representations and myths about the final phase of the life cycle.

The illustration of three stories of couple therapy highlights the importance of approaching life narratives, attachment relationships, and interactions between the couple and other family systems. Specifically, we emphasise love and indifference, events and casualties throughout life, the ability to re-signify oneself, and the marital system in a more syntonic way.

This analysis leads us to the specificity, but also to the universality of couple therapy in the time of aging. Additionally, it challenges us as family therapists to be open and willing to, together with the couples who seek our help, stimulate, and motivate them to accept, reposition, and to enjoy a conjugality full of meaning, fulfilment, and pleasure.

Keywords

Couples therapy Aging Narratives Love Sexuality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Maria Gomes
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  1. 1.Sociedad Portuguesa de Terapia FamiliarLisbonPortugal

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