The Ancestor Syndrome : Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree

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In The Ancestor Syndrome Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger explains and provides clinical examples of her unique psychogenealogical approach to psychotherapy. She shows how, as mere links in a chain of generations, we may have no choice in having the events and traumas experienced by our ancestors visited upon us in our own lifetime.
The book includes fascinating case studies and examples of 'genosociograms' (family trees) to illustrate how her clients have conquered seemingly irrational fears, psychological and even physical difficulties by discovering and understanding the parallels between their own life and the lives of their forebears. The theory of 'invisible loyalty' owed to previous generations, which may make us unwittingly re-enact their life events, is discussed in the light of ongoing research into transgenerational therapy.
Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger draws on over 20 years of experience as a therapist and analyst and is a well-respected authority, particularly in the field of Group Therapy and Psychodrama. First published as Aie, mes Aieux this fascinating insight into a unique style of clinical work has already sold over 32,000 copies in France and will appeal to anyone working in the psychotherapy profession.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415191876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,275,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface: the living past, or grandfather's parrot
Pt. I The transgenerational approach
1 A genealogy of transgenerational therapy: from the unconscious to the genosociogram 3
2 Family therapy and the genogram/genosociogram 13
3 Invisible loyalties 17
4 Psychosomatic/somatopsychic: the mind-body connection 26
5 The crypt and the phantom 44
6 Origin and death 49
7 The genosociogram and the anniversary syndrome: my research 58
8 How to build your genosociogram 70
9 My transgenerational clinical practice 83
Pt. II Case studies with simplified genosociograms
10 Anniversary syndrome and invisible family loyalty 95
11 Family configuration and the double anniversary syndrome 109
12 Legacy and family structure 121
13 Conclusion: the human canopy 139
App. 1 Definition of the crypt and the phantom 147
App. 2 Josephine Hilgard's statistical research 150
App. 3 On the souls of women 156
App. 4 An example of substitution incest 157
App. 5 "I remember": stigmata of family memories 159
App. 6 Trauma of the "wind of the cannonball" 160
App. 7 Incest and second-type incest 162
App. 8 The anniversary syndrome 163
App. 9 Two case studies of the anniversary syndrome 165
App. 10 A few historical dates 168
Notes 171
Bibliography 181
Index 197
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