Culture, Emotion, and Repairing Attachment Injury: A Case Study Using Emotionally Focused Therapy With a Chinese Couple
This dissertation is a case study analysis of the treatment of a Mandarin-speaking couple from mainland China seeking recovery from infidelity. The Emotionally Focused Therapy-Attachment Injury Resolution model was used in the treatment. Taking into consideration the different cultural values and norms that impact emotions, specifically the preference for emotional control in Chinese culture, I explore the cultural specificities that emerge when applying a therapy model that facilitates change through in-session deep emotional experiences. This case study demonstrates how culture informs the use of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) interventions. The application of EFT, specifically the expression and themes related to the processing of emotions, was examined in the context of the couple’s cultural experience and heritage. The study shows them engaging in deep emotional experiences and notes especially the cultural specificity of their emotions, the historical and cultural context of those emotions, and the different expressions of love employed in different cultures.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Dueck, Alvin C.
Emotions, Marital psychotherapy, Emotion-focused therapy, Attachment behavior, Chinese, Culture