The Extramarital Affair

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Jason Aronson, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 222 pages
An extramarital affair is, according to Dr. Herbert Stream, a form of neurotic behavior that reflects the person's unresolved chlidhood conflicts and present level of maturity. Using numerous case histories that provide excellent illustrations, he describes conflicted marriages and the expectations, dissapointments, and frustrations of those who use affairs as a means of escape. Issues such as mate choice, types of marriages, spouses' reactions, and unconsious compliance add depth and complexity to this important and often provocative subject.
 

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Contents

Prologue
xiii
Modern Marriage and Its Discontents
3
The Agony and The Ecstasy A Psychoanalytic View of Psychosexual Development
20
Great Expectations On Choosing A Mate
46
The Winter of Discontent The TrustMistrust Marriage
59
The Grapes of Wrath The Sadomasochistic Marriage
80
Oedipus The Royal Road to the Extramarital Affair
98
Latent Heterosexuals Their Marriages and Affairs
116
Midsummer Nights Dream Adult Adolescents and Their Extramarital Affairs
138
After the Fall The Spouses Reactions
159
Can an Extramarital Affair Ever Be a Mature Form of Behavior?
185
Bibliography
206
Index
215
Acknowledgments
223
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