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Posts by Adam Rodriguez

Do Opposites Attract? Projection in Couples

The couple on the couch seemed confused and frustrated. “I think that you are both caught in an exhausting and frustrating pattern,” I said “Carlos, you rely heavily on your intellect and rationality, and Hrishi is very expressive and comfortable in his emotions. I think that his expressiveness is difficult for you to understand, but…

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Rupture and Repair in the Therapeutic Relationship

I’ve said it before: human relationships are messy. Why would your relationship with your therapist be any different? I had just begun my postdoctoral fellowship at a forensic agency, working with individuals mandated to treatment as a requirement of their parole or probation. Many of these individuals had been involved with the justice system since…

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The Importance of Rupture and Repair

Human relationships are messy. We all enter into our relationships with internal working models of others, histories of relationships, a particular worldview and cultural expectations, and intrapsychic needs. Relationships involve a complex, overdetermined mélange of forces which interact in both powerful and subtle ways. It is inevitable that things would get messy, at least from…

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The Hypocrisy of American “Family Values”

It’s election season. This means that we will likely be inundated with talk about “family values,” which seems to always be a debated issue in American politics. I eventually wind up disappointed that the conversation becomes politicized and simplified, which leads to no change or real discussion. I think about this also because in my…

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Eliminating “Negative Emotions”

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”  – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations “Without evil there can be no good so it must be good to be evil…

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