Love's Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships

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Zeig Tucker & Theisen Publishers, 1998 - Psychology - 330 pages
'Love's Hidden Symmetry' is a book to be read slowly - and then to be read again and again. Here is an opportunity to discover the work of Bert Hellinger, whose generative approach to intervening in systems has already reached across Europe into the hearts and minds of a diverse therapeutic community. A lively blend of narrative, storytelling, transcript material, and poetic imagery is invoked to describe, and to demonstrate, what Hellinger calls 'the orders of love' and how disturbances in the orders of love create a legacy that must be reckoned with for generations to come. But these deeply embedded forces in the family system can be harnessed for healing once they are acknowledged, respected, and gently redirected. Hellinger's basic tool for helping family members restore balance is the use of family constellations. Hellinger, along with coauthors Gunthard Weber and Hunter Beaumont, clarifies how this method can be refined and expanded to galvanize the energy of everyone involved toward a greater sense of well- being. The transcripts included in the book help to capture the extraordinary potential of working appropriately with family constellations. The profound suffering of many of these individuals is more than matched by the opportunity for peace that is revealed in the therapeutic work.
 

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Contents

The Foundation of Family
31
Chapter Three Parents and Children
92
Chapter Four The Conscience of the Family Group
150
Chapter Five Love and the Greater Soul
190
Chapter Six The Therapeutic Posture
205
Chapter Seven Some Helpful Interventions
251
Chapter Eight Specific Themes in Systemic Psychotherapy
302
Appendix Influences on the Development
327
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Weber, a psychiatrist and systemic family therapist, has been affiliated for many years with the Department for Family Therapy at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Beaumont, a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and the School of Theology at Claremont, began his psychotherapeutic career at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.

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