Integrating Spirit and Psyche: Using Women's Narratives in Psychotherapy

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In this extraordinary collection, the voices of women's experience ring out loud and true! The power of narrative in therapy for women is undeniable. Used well, other women's narratives can help us to understand and rewrite our own. Here, women bare their souls, reflecting on self-enhancement and growth, on discrediting negative family scripts, on seeing through demeaning cultural messages, on living in the modern world, on their wildness, wisdom, spirituality, and a great deal more! Each chapter includes questions for reflection to help readers incorporate these narratives into their own lives. From the author: "This book began with the women's groups I facilitate. Some themes arose many times: I feel bad about myself; I can't speak up at times; I don't feel like I have any rights; I feel stupid; I feel like I am bad. But as therapy progressed, new narratives were expressed: I do have a voice; I am knowledgeable; I like being who I am; and I can work through this conflict. "As a writer and therapist, I have taken a stance about ideas that are presented in sessions with clients and that exist in their culture. This book elaborates on those ideas and offers readers an opportunity to think about them in their own lives. Women can rewrite their lives as they become aware of their stories." Some of the narratives that you'll find in Integrating Spirit and Psyche: Using Women's Narratives in Psychotherapy explore: women as second-class citizens putting the self in context women's spirituality in its many forms anger as it relates to gender societal pressure on women to bear terrible burdens in silence ways that various cultures have demeaned women-infanticide, foot binding, genital mutilation, dowry deaths, etc. societal messages that encourage feelings of helplessness, shame, anger, and inhibition in women ways to resolve conflicts, take credit where it's due, and express ourselves mind-body connections women to look to for inspiration—Vi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789012098
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Enhancing the Self
Ch. 1 First- or Second-Class Citizens? 3
Ch. 2 Self in Context 11
Ch. 3 Ancient and Ancestral Woman 21
Ch. 4 Women's Spirituality 29
Pt. II Discrediting Negative Family Scripts
Ch. 5 Men Are the Smart Ones 43
Ch. 6 She Is Ill 55
Ch. 7 Be Sacrificial and Silent 63
Pt. III Seeing Through Demeaning Cultural Messages
Ch. 8 You Are Nobody 73
Ch. 9 You Are Helpless 83
Ch. 10 You Should Feel Shame and Inhibition 93
Ch. 11 You Are Not Allowed to Express Anger 101
Ch. 12 You Are a Keeper of Secrets 107
Pt. IV New Narratives
Ch. 13 I Am Knowing 119
Ch. 14 I Have a Voice 125
Ch. 15 I Have a Divine Herstory 131
Ch. 16 I Can Take Credit 141
Ch. 17 I Can Resolve Conflict 149
Pt. V Wild Women Stories
Ch. 18 Women Who Soar 157
Ch. 19 Be True to Yourself 167
Ch. 20 Surviving to Thriving 173
Ch. 21 Mind-Body Connection 179
Pt. VI Wise Women
Ch. 22 Portraits of Wise Women 187
Ch. 23 Croning of Women 195
Ch. 24 Spiritual Practices for Women 203
App.: Sources of Help 219
Notes 221
Bibliography 235
Index 247
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