Sibling Bond / Edition 15

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Overview

Updated with a new introduction by the authors, this anniversary edition shows the sibling relationship as a distinctive emotional, passionate, painful, and solacing power that shapes who we are and who we become. The relationships among brothers and sisters are infinitely varied-a sibling can be one's worst enemy or closest companion. Though their love or hate, envy or compassion, and closeness or rivalry are formed in childhood, these bonds last throughout life, creating character and affecting behavior in numerous situations. Strangely, this profound attachment-second only to the parent-child bond-was rarely studied or understood until recently, perhaps because the feelings siblings have about each other are usually both intense and secret.Bank and Kahn chart this unknown territory, offering a theory of the ways in which siblings attach, create each other's identities, and affect the course of each other's lives. Illustrated with poignant portraits of brothers and sisters in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, this book provides a profound understanding of these complex and enduring relationships, examining the influence of childhood intimacy, parental behavior, family turmoil, birth order, and gender.Based on more than twenty years of research and clinical evidence, The Sibling Bond fifteenth anniversary edition brings fresh insight to important clinical and theoretical issues, including attachment theory, the development of the self, and the emergence of sexual identity. While Bank and Kahn demonstrate the implications of their findings for both individual and family therapy, they also give readers a vivid opportunity to recognize and reflect on their own sibling relationships.

The first major account to explore the relationships between brothers and sisters and to offer a new theory of the ways in which siblings attach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465078431
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 567,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bank is director of the Center for Consultation and Research in Patient-Physician Communication in Middletown, CT.Michael D. Kahn is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, and has a private practice in Hartford, CT. Michael Kahn, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is also director of a counseling center at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he trains psychotherapists. He is the author of The Tao of Conversation and Between Therapist and Client. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Ch. 1 Unraveling the Sibling Bond 3
Ch. 2 Attachment and Separation in Early Childhood 20
Ch. 3 Childhood and Adolescence: The Struggle for Separate Identities 48
Ch. 4 Patterns of Identification and Sibling Relationships 84
Ch. 5 Acts of Sacrifice: Loyalty and Caring 112
Ch. 6 The Sexual Influence of Siblings 143
Ch. 7 Sexuality between Brothers and Sisters 154
Ch. 8 Siblings in Conflict: Bonds of Aggression and Rivalry 197
Ch. 9 The Embroiled Family: "Well" and "Disturbed" Siblings 232
Ch. 10 Siblings as Survivors: Bonds beyond the Grave 271
Ch. 11 Psychotherapy with Siblings 296
Epilogue 335
Bibliography 337
Index 349
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