The Porcupine's dilemma: Couples and space during the lockdown

Kent, Tim, Rosenthall, Joanna and Hertzmann, Leezah (2021) The Porcupine's dilemma: Couples and space during the lockdown. [Film/Video]

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The events of the pandemic have had a significant effect on adult couple relationships, both positive and negative. Sustaining a couple relationship of whatever kind is never easy and presents many challenges, chief amongst them to create a relationship in which there is room for two people and to develop the capacity to manage intimacy, as well as managing a balance of dependency and separateness. What feels claustrophobic for one partner may feel lonely to the other. These issues have been made all the more acute by the pandemic, the effect of which has been to enforce proximity and for some separation, to unprecedented levels. We will explore how the difficulties in simply sharing space have been further exacerbated by our recent lockdown experience, presenting clinicians with some significant therapeutic challenges.

Item Type: Film/Video
Additional Information: Held on 22 March 2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tavistock and Portman Centenary
Subjects: Couple & Family Therapies > Couple/Marital Therapy
Human Psychological Processes > Strange Environment/Situation
Media Appearances > Film/Video
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
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