A Trust-Based Psychotherapeutic Approach to Adlerian Psychology: Using the Building Blocks of Commitment, Intimacy, and Attachment to Construct Lasting Adult Relationships.

One of the most significant adult developmental tasks is establishing an affectional bond with a romantic partner. As a couple forms a bond, they bring into the relationship two different views regarding the expectation of trust based on previous experience. The trust needed to support a lasting adult relationship is developed through a balance of intimacy, communication, and attachment. These three factors create an spherical triangle where the congruent middle represents the measure of trust. Reduce any one of the three and the amount of trust is reduced accordingly and the relationship is out of balance.

Katherine Anne Gieselman
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