Rewriting Family Scripts

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Families can develop self-destructive routines so predictable that members seem to be following a script each coming in on cue as the plot unfolds. Such scripts can be altered, however, when therapists help clients learn to improvise new patterns of relating. This book presents an innovative approach to doing just that--incorporating into therapy elements of script theory and recent findings in attachment research, including those related to narrative. Developing a new attachment concept, "the secure family ...
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Overview

Families can develop self-destructive routines so predictable that members seem to be following a script each coming in on cue as the plot unfolds. Such scripts can be altered, however, when therapists help clients learn to improvise new patterns of relating. This book presents an innovative approach to doing just that--incorporating into therapy elements of script theory and recent findings in attachment research, including those related to narrative. Developing a new attachment concept, "the secure family base," from which individuals can feel safe enough to explore and improvise new scripts, Byng-Hall shows how insecure relationship patterns can be changed both during and after therapy. Jargon-free and illustrated with detailed clinical case material, this book presents a comprehensive conceptual framework that illuminates the central issues of therapy practice with families, couples, children, and adults.

Resolving care-control conflicts/positive framing of parenting scripts/scripts in formation of a new family/etc.

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Outlines--largely without jargon--an approach for therapists to help families alter self-destructive routines. Incorporates elements of family therapy, script theory, and recent findings in attachment research into a systemic attachment concept, "The secure family base," from which individuals can feel safe enough to explore and improvise new scripts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal of Family Psychotherapy
"I strongly recommend this book for advanced clinicians in the field of family therapy. It is practical and readable yet provides a comprehensive theoretical perspective that is well grounded in the literature and thoroughly explained."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Extraordinary....This book should take its place next to Minuchin's Families and Family Therapy on the shelves of all psychiatrists and others who work with children, adolescents, and their families. It is a classic. "--Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Journal of Family Therapy
"This long-awaited book is the culmination of 25 years of practice by one of Great Britain's foremost family therapy practitioners and trainers....It is an eminently practical and accessible book and provides us with a powerful tool with which to explore the complex links among individual, interaction, and system."--Journal of Family Therapy
Youth Today
"Rewriting Family Scripts, extremely human and at times very funny, comes highly recommended."--Youth Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898628760
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/22/1995
  • Series: The Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

John Byng-Hall is a Consultant Child and Family Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic. He has published widely on topics such as family myths, legends, and scripts; attachments within the family; adolescence; and the impact of chronic illness within the family. He has also presented his ideas at international conferences. He was trained at Cambridge University, University College Hospital London, the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, and at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a past Chair of the Institute of Family Therapy, London.
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Table of Contents

1 Secure Enough to Improvise 3
2 The Nature of Scripts 23
3 Identification across the Generations 41
4 Rewriting Family Scripts 57
5 A Case Example 76
6 Security in the Family 101
7 Therapy and Supervision as Secure Bases 121
8 Myths and Legends about Security 137
9 Resolving Care-Control Conflicts 158
10 Resolving Distance Conflicts 182
11 Positive Framing of Parenting Scripts 200
12 Scripts in Formation of a New Family 223
13 Grieving Scripts 244
14 Disrupted Scripts: Family Breakup and Disability 258
References 273
Index 282
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