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Interpersonal Neurobiology, Couples and

Genetic inheritance and early experiences shape human brain development and behavior. All relationships change the brain, and our interpersonal bonds impact the way we develop memories, grow feelings, and establish a sense of self-worth. Neuroimaging has shown that beginning at birth, attachments imprint on the infant brain, launching patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and self-concepts that can last a lifetime. Current research has gone on to show us that these neural transformations continue throughout life as we age and develop relationships, fall in love for the first time, and ultimately choose a mate. The body remembers how those early attachments felt, and it has direct implications as we search for adult relationships. Interpersonal neurobiology is a framework that offers counselors and the couples with whom they ...

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