A Critique of Cloud and Townsend

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A Critique of Cloud and Townsend

A Critique of: Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

In their book, Boundaries in Marriage, the authors, Cloud and Townsend, present a theoretical model for maintaining healthy relationships, specifically marriage relationships. This examination of Cloud and Townsend’s approach to maintaining healthy relationships summarizes both the theoretical and theological orientation of their proposed model, compares their approach to the model proposed by Sandra Wilson in her book, Hurt people hurt people, and considers the model in the context of Dr. Hawkins concentric circle theory of personality, and parents a critique with regard to some’ of the perceived strengths and
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They suggest that living in accordance with these laws will foster success while rebellion against the laws will produce consequences. The ten laws, “ 1) sowing and reaping, 2) responsibility, 3) power, 4) respect, 5) motivation, 6) evaluation, 7) proactively, 8) envy, 9) activity, 10) exposure” (Cloud & Townsend, 1999, p.p. 37-58) define Godly principles of relationships.

Additionally, the authors assert that the values we hold have enormous implications for the establishment of boundaries, they state, “your values make sure that certain bad things are not present in the marriage and that certain good things are” (Cloud & Townsend, 1999, p.107). As this is the case Cloud and Townsend (1999) identified six values that are promoted in scripture and that they believe produce great boundaries in marriage. Those values include, “love of God, love of your spouse, honesty, faithfulness, compassion and forgiveness, and holiness” (Cloud & Townsend, 1999, p.112).

A Critique of Cloud and Townsend

Strengths of Cloud and Townsend

In many ways Cloud and Townsend’s (1999) approach to developing and maintaining healthy relationships is comparable to the model of change proposed in Dr. Wilson’s book Hurt people hurt people. Although Dr. Wilson (2001) takes a much etiological approach to addressing
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