Interpersonal Coping Style Analysis

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Chapter seven of the text explores the types of interpersonal coping strategies and how they can be used in therapy to aid in the treatment process. Firstly, this model reveals the role that the client plays in “core conflict” which is the cause of most of the client’s life issues. Consequently, the core conflict come about as a result of the clients coping style due to repetitive interactions with the people in their lives. Moreover, the client learns these coping strategies and use them in their everyday life. Even though the clients think that these coping styles are needed, these coping styles are deemed ineffective in other relationships which cause the arousal of core conflict. Furthermore, as a result of these coping styles, current relationships and the development of other relationships are affected negatively. Mostly, these coping styles originate from the client’s childhood and is related to how the client’s caregiver responded to their needs. When the needs of the client go unmet as a child, it forces them to formulate a coping style to adapt to their caregiver’s responses. As a result, the child’s true experience of the situation is ignored and disregarded. Within the chapter, there is a breakdown of the different types of ineffective coping styles and how the therapist can use these coping styles to aid in treatment. The type of coping styles are based on Karen Horney’s theory of coping styles. Within this theory, there are 3 types of coping styles which

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