Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding / Edition 1

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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: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 944,320
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

I The Making of a Family Therapist 1
1 Family Roots 3
2 From Individual to Family Therapist: A Journey of Transformation 18
3 Families and Family Therapy 35
4 The Formation of a Couple 48
II Couples 61
5 The Wife Beater 65
6 The Unspoken Contract 88
III Parents and Children 109
7 A Crutch to Move Away 115
8 Parents as Prisoners or Jailers? 145
9 A Father's Rage 166
IV Remarriage 193
10 The Second Time Around 197
11 The Stepdaughter's Habit 214
V Aging 237
12 The Hypochondriac and His Understanding Wife 243
13 Death and the Gorilla Mask 263
Epilogue: The Silent Song 283
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  • Posted May 9, 2015

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    Highly Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    You too can overcome your family

    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.

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