Family Healing: Strategies for Hope and Understanding [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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William Beatty
A pioneer in family therapy, Minuchin here combines autobiographical chapters with case histories and joins them with a chapter about the lives of Minuchin and his wife as a couple that not only underlines the breadth of experience in their backgrounds but leads into two case studies of couples. The cases, all derived from tapes, are enlivened by much conversation. Presenting nine couples and families, these studies are of interest not only as individual stories but also as examples of particular problems--e.g., what can happen when the breadwinner retires (the wife remarks that when she took her husband for better or for worse, she did not take him for lunch) and what can happen to a family when a daughter becomes a drug addict. Minuchin stresses relationships and complementarity rather than the individual and the victim. "The basic quest of family therapy," he writes, "is to release unused possibilities." He gets around the problem of always appearing as the all-knowing, error-free therapist by describing moments of doubt and missteps, so that his is a realistic as well as thought-provoking and hopeful book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439107898
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,240,140
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
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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  • 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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