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The Loveless Family: Getting Past Estrangement and Learning How to Love
     

The Loveless Family: Getting Past Estrangement and Learning How to Love

by Jon P. Bloch
 

This scholarly and personal exploration of what it is like to grow up feeling unloved describes personality types and syndromes that often manifest, regardless of whether the family unit was "dysfunctional" or not.

• In-depth examinations of seven personality types and syndromes that manifest in the loveless family

• Bibliographic reference sources

Overview

This scholarly and personal exploration of what it is like to grow up feeling unloved describes personality types and syndromes that often manifest, regardless of whether the family unit was "dysfunctional" or not.

• In-depth examinations of seven personality types and syndromes that manifest in the loveless family

• Bibliographic reference sources

• A subject index

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Bloch (sociology, Southern Connecticut State Univ.; Finding Your Leading Man) has strayed from his expertise in sociology too far into psychology with this purported self-help book for those who never felt loved in their family. The narrative is an uncomfortable mix of exhortations and personal reminiscences, with citations of scholarly work on such related areas as interpersonal dynamics and self-image. The writing is often disorganized and repetitive, and readers must search for the occasional nugget of useful information. Editorial laissez-faire, surprising from such a reputable publisher, extends to incorrect word use (e.g., ring instead of wring). The psychological and even physical consequences of growing up in loveless families are significant, but a more cogent presentation was made decades ago by M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled. VERDICT Skip this book entirely or just catch the last three chapters on overcoming the loveless family. There will be moments of recognition for those growing up in such dysfunctional families, but the useful advice to be gained from this book is to seek appropriate counseling.—Paula McMillen, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Las Vegas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313392733
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jon P. Bloch, MA, PhD, is professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.

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