Title

Metaphors for Men in Marital Therapy

Keywords

therapy, marital therapy, world view, close relationships

Abstract

Working with husbands in marital therapy is often challenging. Unlike individual therapy, where men typically come to therapy of their own choice, some men come to marital therapy at the insistence of their wives. This is especially true for men who grew up in traditional homes and who hold a traditional view of marriage. The idea of coming to a third party to discuss marital problems is often not consistent with their world view. In addition, they often are uncomfortable with the culture of marital therapy. Many of the changes that are encouraged in marital therapy, such as sharing feelings, discussing problems, and being vulnerable, are not consistent with their personal philosophy of close relationships.

Original Publication Citation

Richard B. Miller (1998) Metaphors for Men in Marital Therapy, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 9:3, 79-84.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1998

Publisher

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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