The following graph represents Frank's self-rated scores of stress,
intimacy, self, and achievement. It covers data from 11 months
Of the five symptoms of stress that Frank rated, only the highest
score is rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Frank
gave to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages
were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.
To provide a reference point, Frank's maximum pretreatment experiences
were each given a score of 10. The client's goal in therapy is
to reach experience levels far beyond those previously reported.
1. After a
dramatic struggle with intimacy, which is characterized by a sharp
setback on 12/2/98, Frank almost gave up therapy. However, he
was encouraged to persist until his own defenses against closeness
could be overcome.
2. He persevered, and his intimacy broke through the defenses.
By April 13, he had reached a higher level of intimacy than he
had ever known.
The graph below tracks
Frank's progress over the final 6 months of therapy.
(Of the five
symptoms of stress that Frank rated, only the highest score is
rendered as a stress peak on this graph. The scores Frank gave
to the nine elements of each sphere were averaged. The averages
were used to graph the intimacy, self, and achievement scores.)
1. After experiencing
two dramatic spikes (May 1 and June 12) of defense reaction (symptoms)
to treatment, Frank's intimacy emerged above self and achievement
for the first time. His defenses were exhausted.
2. His intimacy continued to rise and during the last 4 months
of therapy his intimacy scores increased at a faster rate than
did his self and achievement scores. After a very long struggle,
he finally felt safe to get close to Beth.
3. During the first 13 of 17 months of therapy, he had been guarded.
Although, his intimacy had advanced, it never reached the level
of his self and achievement. Beth's dramatic progress through
therapy encouraged Frank to make his own breakthrough in his intimacy
Frank's graph was atypical in that he seemed to show a stage II
pattern at the very end of an extended therapy. Beth seemed to
The four stages of personality transformation are described in
detail at Lifetrack Concepts: Intimacy
graphs showed that while he had shown extraordinary patience and
dedication to Beth, who had been constantly troubled and sick,
he manifested his own defensiveness against closeness. When Beth
finally transformed herself through therapy, she became a better
and more equal partner to him.
This baffling and yet universal "sea-saw phenomenon" is described
in-depth in the eManual: "Breakthrough Intimacy -
Sad to Happy through Closeness".
The seesaw phenomenon is a typical reason for marriage failure.
Therapists must recognize and help clients overcome defenses
that manifest themselves in sequence. This recognition makes
the three-way teamwork of the Lifetrack format
Graphs and analysis of Frank's wife, Beth, can be found at
Beth's Graphs and Dr. Ishizuka's Analyses.