Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding / Edition 1

Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding / Edition 1

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by Michael P. Nichols, Salvador Minuchin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0684855739

ISBN-13: 9780684855738

Pub. Date: 04/01/1998

Publisher: Free Press

The family, the source of our greatest hope for happiness, sometimes turns out to be the source of our greatest disappointment. Now, in the culmination of his lifework, world-renowned family therapist Salvador Minuchin reveals how his own personal experiences shaped his understanding of the family and his ability to cut through the knots of family dynamics. The…  See more details below

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The family, the source of our greatest hope for happiness, sometimes turns out to be the source of our greatest disappointment. Now, in the culmination of his lifework, world-renowned family therapist Salvador Minuchin reveals how his own personal experiences shaped his understanding of the family and his ability to cut through the knots of family dynamics. The grandson of Russian Jewish Emigrants to Argentina, Minuchin grew up secure in a closely knit extended family within a larger society of outspoken anti-Semitism and dictatorial politics. The impact of his formative experiences - anti-Peronist revolutionary activities which landed him in jail, service in the Israeli army in 1947-48, work with displaced children of the Holocaust and with poor black and Puerto Rican delinquents - helped forge his development as theorist and famed clinician. Where others saw only chaos and confusion, Minuchin found structure: members of families shadow dancing within invisible boundaries and systems. As he tells the dramatic stories of families who have sought his help, Minuchin reveals the hidden rules that trap family members in stifling roles. His confrontational yet compassionate style of therapy unlock the self-defeating patterns which foster marital conflict, difficulties with children, problems adjusting to old age and retirement, and other crises at each stage of the family life cycle. Each therapeutic encounter is a compelling dialogue between Minuchin's wisdom and a family struggling with pain but resistant to change. His creative and daring solutions to familiar family crises offer insight into the workings of all families. In this book of inspiration and hope, Minuchin shows us the hidden strengths to be found in the heart of the family itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684855738
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
859,792
Product dimensions:
0.68(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
IThe Making of a Family Therapist1
1Family Roots3
2From Individual to Family Therapist: A Journey of Transformation18
3Families and Family Therapy35
4The Formation of a Couple48
IICouples61
5The Wife Beater65
6The Unspoken Contract88
IIIParents and Children109
7A Crutch to Move Away115
8Parents as Prisoners or Jailers?145
9A Father's Rage166
IVRemarriage193
10The Second Time Around197
11The Stepdaughter's Habit214
VAging237
12The Hypochondriac and His Understanding Wife243
13Death and the Gorilla Mask263
Epilogue: The Silent Song283

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Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sandy_Okeevis More than 1 year ago
In order to know why people are they way they are then look to their family of origin. The person who can best define the family is Dr. Minuchin. He does so in a way that even those who are not in the field can comprehend. It is a well-written and fascinating book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Family is the one aspect of our life that we can not change. We can change our friends or jobs but family is an area we are born into. Most of us are not given an opportunity to choose our family members. Some may consider their families a blessing, others a curse. According to Audre Lorde, ¿The future of our earth may depend on the ability of all of us to identify and develop new patterns of relating across difference. The old definitions have not served us, nor the earth that supports us¿ (McGoldrick 1996). In Minuchin¿s book, ¿Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding,¿ he explains how secret and subliminal rules can place family members in uncomfortable roles. (Minuchin 1998). As a structural therapist, he uses a confrontational, yet compassionate approach attempting to stop the repetition of family patterns that cause tension between marital partners, as well as, parents and children as family members experiences different phases of life. As a future counselor in the field of Marriage and Family, this book is an excellent reference with real examples of issues common to families that come to therapy.