chapter  10
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Enhancing Intimacy in Relationships

Historically, couple and family therapists have focused primarily on eliminating pathology. Their interventions are usually designed to help resolve particular diffi culties or problems such as marital confl ict, poor communication, and confl icting sets of expectations. Such an emphasis is not surprising in light of the fact that most theories of marital and family therapy emphasize pathology and symptom resolution in the same way that traditional theories of individual therapy emphasize pathology. Renewed interest in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fifth Edition (DSM-V, American Psychiatric Association, 2013) has refocused attention on pathology rather than on normalcy and health.