Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–V. Exploring the Founding Story

Love Lingers Here: Intimate Enduring Relationships–V. Exploring the Founding Story

Key Points

Enduring couples:
• Use their founding stories as a couple to help fight old “ghosts” from previous relationships and set the context for restructuring their current relationship.
• Retell their founding story to help sustain their relationship through difficult times.
• Relish the retelling of early, passionate images of their partnership.
• View their partner as the epitome of what they need to fill their lives with hope and meaning.
• Recognize the person they have become today is in part because of this enduring relationship and their intimate interactions with their partner over the years.

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William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 50 books, and president of a psychology institute. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.

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