The Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and in Life / Edition 1

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Overview

In The Healing Connection, Jean Baker Miller, M.D., author of the best-selling Toward a New Psychology of Women, and Irene Stiver, Ph.D., argue that relationships are the integral source of psychological health. In so doing they offer a new understanding of human development that points a way to change in all of our institutions-work, community, school, and family-and is sure to transform lives.

A gem of a book....Important....to the future of our society. -- Journal of Feminist Family Therapy

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Editorial Reviews

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Miller and Stiver give us a soaring new vision of what matters most in our lives-authentic and mutually enhancing relationships. . . .This is a wise and wonderful book about the deepest and most precious longings that we humans experience. —Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

"The Healing Connection is a welcome and long overdue synthesis and integration of the brilliant thinking of Jean Baker Miller, Irene Stiver and their colleagues at the Stone Center. . . . This book presents a quietly revolutionary shift in the basic theory of human development. . . . A fitting capstone to [the] brilliant and revolutionary [Toward a New Psychology of Women]." -Alice C. Lawler, Ph.D., Contemporary Psychology Journal

"How we form and sustain intimate relationships through crises, frailties, betrayals, deep disagreements and long arid stretches. . . . A useful lens through which to view our atomistic culture and the therapeutic process." —Martha Manning, New York Times Book Review

"Wonderfully readable . . . Miller and her colleague Irene Stiver (both legendary therapists and supervisors) have added chapter and verse documenting the importance of connection for women. . . . But whether you're a man or a woman, reading this book is almost as special as finding a really great therapist." —Alan Stone, M.D., Psychiatric Times

"A gem. . . . Pick up this very readable volume, and treat yourself to a book that is important to us, our patients, and the future of our society." —Marsha Pravder Mirkin, Ph.D., Journal of Feminist Family Therapy

Journal of Feminist Family Therapy
A gem of a book....Important....to the future of our society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807029213
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 992,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Baker Miller, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, a division of the Stone Center at Wellesley College.

Irene Pierce Stiver, Ph.D., is director emerita of the psychology department at McLean Hospital, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

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    The authors put such a positive spin on the therapeutic relationship, dismantling long held mis-beliefs by providing new logical concepts(e.g.-'The basic human motive...can be better understood as the motive to participate in connection with others,rather than the need to be gratified by others. The latter has long been a premise basic to psychodynamic theories...'. 'A change of perspective on what constitutes the basic human motive, from being gratified to participating, represents our central shift from traditional approaches--it's not a question of getting but of engaging with others.' Miller,Stiver and their associates give voice to the hope of many that the mental health profession can be more human, more real and genuine. Both extend a real challenge to all in the profession to 'feel with a person'. 'We think change occurs.... when the therapist can be moved emotionally by the person and the person can be moved by the therapist.' The book held my attention throughout. A quick easy read, chock full of useful insight as well as an easy reference.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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