Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 1, 1998 - Psychology - 304 pages
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At the center of people’s lives is the family, which can be and should be a haven from the harshness of the outside world. Unfortunately, the source of people’s greatest hope for happiness often turns out to be the source of their worst disappointments. Now, the family therapist, Salvador Minuchin unravels the knots of family dynamics against the background of his own odyssey from an extended Argentinian Jewish family to his innovative treatment of troubled families. Through the stories of families who have sought his help, the reader is taken inside the consulting room to see how families struggle with self-defeating patterns of behavior. Through his confrontational style of therapy, Dr Minuchin demonstrates the strict but unseen rules that trap family members in stifling roles, and illuminates methods for helping families untangle systems of disharmony. In Dr Minuchin’s therapy there are no villains and no victims, only people trying to deal with various problems at each stage of the family life cycle. Minuchin understands the family as a system of interconnected lives, not as a “dysfunctional” group. Each story of a therapeutic encounter brings a new understanding of familiar dilemmas and classic mistakes, and recounts Dr Minuchin’s creative solutions.
  

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Contents

P Family Roots
3
9
9
A Journey of Transformation
18
CO Families and Family Therapy
35
The Wife Beater
65
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
104
A Crutch to Move Away
115
Parents as Prisoners or J ailers?
145
REMARRIAGE
193
The Second Time Around
197
The Stepdaughters Habit
214
AGING
237
The Hypochondriac and His Understanding Wife
243
Death and the Gorilla Mask
263
The Silent Song 109 115 145 166 193 197 214 237 243 263
283
Copyright

A Fathers Rage
166

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About the author (1998)

Salvador Minuchin, M.D., is author of Families and Family Therapy and Family Kaleidoscope and coauthor of Psychosomatic Families: Anorexia Nervosa in Context.

Michael P. Nichols, PhD, a Professor of Psychology at the College of William and Mary, is coauthor (with Salvador Minuchin) of "Family Healing," and author of "No Place to Hide" and "Turning Forty in the Eighties" among other books. He is a popular speaker and has been a guest on television programs, including "Oprah!" and "CBS This Morning."

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