Like Pygmalion with his Galatea, we create the characters of people in our lives. Although others appear to us to be just who they "are," there are complicated psychological processes, outside of our awareness, that lead us to experience people in ways that we ourselves construct. Psychoanalytic theory offers a wealth of understanding of how people unconsciously create what they both need and dread. But these processes are not well understood by most therapists. Too often, therapists join their patients in overlooking their own role in creating the relationships in their lives, such that it seems that patients were simply unfortunate to "have" an ungiving mother or to "find" an unloving spouse. Because processes of creation in relationships are largely unconscious, they are much harder to see. As a result, most theorists of relationships acknowledge that they exist, but offer little language or explication for how they unfold or manifest themselves. Playing Pygmalion is an effort to trace in psychological terms the subtle interplay by which people create each other.
About the Author:
Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the Fielding Graduate University
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About the Author
Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at The Fielding Graduate University and was formerly professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as at Harvard University. Recipient of the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association and a Fulbright Fellowship, she is also a practicing psychotherapist. Her research interests focus on the use of narrative to understand people's life histories and she has authored several books on relationships and on women's identity. She has also co-edited the series The Narrative Study of Lives.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Creating one another Chapter 3 Recreating the other in memory Chapter 4 You are what I can't bear in myself: Donna and Roberta Chapter 5 No feelings allowed on the stage: Mark and Joan Chapter 6 A daughter is a daughter: Mary and Lavinia Chapter 7 Secure Knots: Tom and Kathy Chapter 8 Pygmalion and Galatea Chapter 9 References