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This essay challenges the methodological division of sexuality and gender by showing how 1790s' feminists could not imagine a new gender formation outside the enmeshment of sexuality and, conversely, how sexuality is rethought through gender in their texts.
Awareness of enmeshments or coalitions directed against the physician can lead to useful mini-family conferences that attempt to realign relationships in a more positive and productive manner.
Dyadic Enmeshment (Figure 2): In this situation, two members of the triangle become overly involved and protective of each other.
Dyadic enmeshment can also involve doctor and family member, to the exclusion of the patient.
De Beauvoir condemns the contemporary family as an inadequate solution for "the problems generated by an evil society" (15), but Morrison's view of family relations depicted in her novels is considerably more textured, since she is interested in the etiology and the consequences of enmeshment.
If the critical focus shifts emphasis from the intrapsychic to the interpersonal or social dynamic, we discover that Song of Solomon is a portrait of enmeshment - the suffocating bond parents occasionally create with their children that Morrison calls "anaconda love" (137).
Her feeling of entitlement is a result of Pilate and Reba's enmeshment, their eagerness to give her everything.
Following Stoler's lead, the essays here suggest that by uncovering the crosscurrents of each of these we can better understand their enmeshments.
Looking beyond the obvious codependency of the spouse in Sons and Lovers, for instance, we notice that the sons hate their enmeshments with their girlfriends as much, perhaps, as they hate their enmeshment with their mother.
Of course, the most obvious process addiction in the novel is the "love" of Heathcliff and Catherine, one of the most famous examples in literature of pure enmeshment, a loss of boundaries so total that it seems to triumph over death, sustaining the myth that romantic love is a viable form of spirituality.