Primary Maladaptive Emotions in Emotion-Focused Therapy
Emotion-focused therapy for couples (EFT-C) is a blend of systemic and experiential therapies designed to enhance couple interaction by decreasing escalating conflict and increasing vulnerable emotional expression between partners. First developed by Les Greenberg and Sue Johnson in 1988, Les Greenberg and Rhonda Goldman expanded the original model to include five stages. In EFT-C, transforming interpersonal interactions within a couple is largely dependent on partners’ ability to learn to access and express core emotions to one another. Core emotions are also referred to as primary emotions in emotion theory, and they can be adaptive or maladaptive in nature. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of EFT-C in that it helps couples express primary adaptive emotions and transform primary maladaptive emotions. A more detailed description of emotion theory tenets and primary maladaptive emotions is discussed below.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Emotion theory posits...
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