Current Research in Imago Relationship Theory and Imago Relationship Counseling

Imago Relationship Counseling is a research supported therapy.  Below is a list of articles, publications and books that include a large body of research that has been done on Imago Relationship Theory and the Imago Relationship Counseling.   

System Level spatial-frequency EEG changes coincident with a 90-day cognitive-behavioral therapy program for couples in relationship distress

This explorative study recorded 32-channel EEGs  from nine committed distressed couples prior to, during and immediately following the Imago relationship therapy program.

Imago Therapy and Accurate Empathy

Fourteen individuals participated in Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) group training and intervention. The sessions were carried out at a public institution of higher education in the southwest and facilitated by a Certified Imago Therapist. The study followed an experimental control group design. Findings indicate that while accurate empathy responding remained low, as well as constant, across time in the control group, participation in the Imago Relationship Therapy sessions strongly increased one’s ability to accurately empathize with their partner/spouse. This study provides strong evidence for a theoretical goal of IRT, namely that it improves accurate empathic responding for individuals who have received the intervention.  Read More

Using the Imago Dialogue to Deepen Couples Therapy

Partial Abstract

The Imago dialogue used in Imago Relationship Therapy is a skill that promotes connection, empathy, and horizontal relationships between couples. Adler discussed the need for equality but did not provide a means[AU: “framework” perhaps?] for this to occur in therapeutic relationships. This paper describes the Imago Dialogue as a means to promote equality and empathy between members of a couple that will be beneficial to Adlerian therapists. The three-part process of mirroring, validating the other, and empathizing are discussed, as well as how to introduce the skill to couples. The neuroscience behind the process is also discussed.  Full article to be published summer of 2015, Journal of Individual Psychology.

Imago Relationship Therapy

Bibliography of Articles and Books Backing Concepts of

Imago Relationship Therapy

Research On Imago Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy has several quasi-experimental design studies that indicate improvement in marital satisfaction.

Nine couples who completed a six-week treatment protocol in IRT were tested pre- and post-treatment utilizing the Marital Satisfaction Inventory.  It was hypothesized that there would be significant improvement in global distress, affective communication, and problem solving communication at post-treatment.  The data supported the hypothesis and all measures were significantly lower (Luquet & Hannah, 1996).  Read more

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Papers on Imago Research


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