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Jill Candlish

Thesis Abstract

The Art of Intimacy:An Inquiry into Sustaining Vibrant, Intimate, Romantic RelationshipAs a Pathway toContributing to the Cultural Evolution of Integral Consciousness


The impetus for improving personal romantic relationships has been gaining momentum in modern times concurrent with the breakdown of the sustainability of long-term marriage. In this paper I look at the connection between the advancement of relationship skills and the evolution of cultural values. I provide an overview of how the movement toward gender equality has a significant influence on the development of sustainable vibrant marriage, and how the evolution of human consciousness has contributed to this movement. I explore conversations around intimacy, emotional intelligence, feminine and masculine aspects of being, and the changes in attitudes necessary for a new worldview to emerge wherein the prospect of sustaining vibrant romantic relationship becomes more prevalent. This paper describes the emerging values of a new social order, one that moves beyond a domination style of relationship and toward a respectful partnership approach to relationship. I summarize how this could be a most desirable and beneficial cultural model.


M.A. Program

Graduation Date

01 May 2019


Clinton, Washington


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