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Love, Loss, Trauma and Community

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One characteristic of human societies
is that people come together and seek closeness with others in the face of
traumatic experiences. “Emotional attachment is probably the primary protection
against feelings of helplessness and meaninglessness; it is essential for
biological survival in children, and without it, existential meaning is
unthinkable in adults”.

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What is Love?

Man with heart
When you ask the question “What
is Love??” people will give you many different explanations. Indeed, love is
many things for many people. I would like to present the concept of ‘Consummate
Love’ following the ‘Triangular Theory of Love’ developed by Robert Sternberg.

Robert Sternberg  explains that love exists in interpersonal
relationships that are characterised by intimacy (closeness, connectedness, and
bondedness), passion (romance, physical attraction, sexual consummation), and
by commitment (the decision to remain with each other, share achievements, and
make plans together).

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Longer Term Therapy More Effective Than Shorter Term

When I go to see a doctor for a health issue, I hope to be given the treatment and/or advice that will get me 'cured' as soon as possible. I assume the same goes for many people who go to see a therapist for their emotional and/or mental health problems. They hear the phrase "long term therapy" and are probably immediately put off the idea. Understandably, everybody wants to be 'cured' quickly.

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Long or Short Term Therapy

Freud When I go to see a doctor for a health issue, I hope to be given the treatment and/or advice that will get me 'cured' as soon as possible. I assume the same goes for many people who go to see a therapist for their emotional and/or mental health problems. They hear the phrase "long term therapy" and are probably immediately put off the idea. Understandably, everybody wants to be 'cured' quickly.

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