A Circumplex Model of Couple Configurations in Relational Trauma Context: An Example of Practice‐Based Model Development
view of self in relation to other, VSIRO, therapy, relational trauma
We propose a circumplex model and typology of patterns of couple engagement to help therapists assess and shape positive couple engagement, prerequisite to successful resolution of relational trauma. View or value of self in relation to other (VSIRO) is conceived as a primary engine organizing couple relationships and patterns of engagement. VSIRO is conceptualized along a continuum anchored at opposite poles by inflated (self‐aggrandizing) versus collapsed (self‐negating) VSIRO, with a balanced (egalitarian) VSIRO as the target position, consisting of self and other mutuality, respect, and equality. Two axes (one for each partner) form the circumplex model of five couple configurations—four quadrants plus a balanced, mid‐axes region. Using couple configuration conceptualization to address patterns of engagement is an essential prerequisite to resolving couple relational trauma.
Original Publication Citation
Butler, M. H., & Spencer, T. J.* (2018 Online, 2019 Print). A circumplex model of couple configurations in relational trauma context: An example of practice-based model development. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 45(3), 494–507.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Butler, Mark H. and Spencer, Travis J., "A Circumplex Model of Couple Configurations in Relational Trauma Context: An Example of Practice‐Based Model Development" (2018). Faculty Publications. 4474.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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