The article reviews Susan Shimmerlik’s article on the implicit in couples and in couple therapy, commenting from a relational analytic perspective also in the light of the theory of complex systems. Attention is paid mainly to the case history as an opportunity for seeing it under different clinical methods, thinking of helping the therapist to better express the theoretical approach implicitly used. Despite being appreciated by most recent literature, a more explicitly relational approach must come to terms with the long tradition of individual psychoanalysis. And the couple can help the therapist to cast a unifying look on the two partners.
Keywords: Couple therapy/ psychoanalysis, systemic relational approach, couple functioning/collusion, implicit couple communication, dyad and triad in couple processes, couple system (or couple as system), couple complementarity