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A Group-Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix

How Siblings Shape our Lives, 1st Edition

By Val Parker

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168 pages

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Siblings play a vital part in our lives, yet their impact is frequently underestimated. A Group-Analytic Perspective on How Siblings Shape Our Lives offers a fresh group analytic approach to siblings, recognising how these relationships are embedded in the framework of the family and how sibling experiences shape our lives, influencing relationships with partners, friends, and colleagues, and affecting how we take our place in groups and in society.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One focuses on the sibling life cycle, exploring how these relationships shift and change throughout life according to context and circumstances. In Part Two, Parker uses clinical examples to consider how therapists working with individuals and groups might expand their thinking to incorporate the sibling matrix. The final part investigates how the sibling matrix manifests in organisational life and considers how we might develop mutuality and cooperation in our universal sibling matrix.

Drawing on the author’s wealth of experience as a clinician, the book incorporates compelling personal stories and clinical examples to bring to life the realities and nuances, the good and bad, the healthy and supportive, and also the potentially damaging aspects of sibling relationships. Accessibly written, this is a rich and rewarding invitation to reflect on our own experience, whether as clinicians, researchers, or as members of our own sibling matrix.

Reviews

"Parker’s book explores an important and too often neglected area in family psychodynamics." --Salley Vickers, former psychotherapist and best-selling novelist

"This book fills a gap in group analytic thinking, which people have intermittently looked at and then ignored again: sibling relationships and their role in psychotherapy, group analysis, and in life. Practitioners have perhaps ignored siblings because they have shied away from acknowledging that these relationships are often more powerful then parent-child dynamics. It is Val Parker’s achievement not to blink, and look at the powerful importance of sibling relationships within the family and in therapy groups. I recommend this book to anyone who works with groups." --Gerhard Wilke, group analyst, author, The Art of Group Analysis in Organisations

"The essential thesis of this book is that our sibling relationships help to organise our social selves and humanise us. Within this matrix we learn about competition and co-operation and the way our social selves are mutually constructed. With a wide range of clinical material, the author highlights the way sibling dynamics are played out within the group. This is a book for all those who are becoming increasingly aware that the need to co-operate with others is essential for our survival. They will find a powerful argument that we should begin by nurturing our sibling social selves." --Prophecy Coles, psychotherapist, author, The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Psychoanalysis, The Uninvited Guest from the Unremembered Past, and The Shadow of the Second Mother

"This is a timely and important book addressing the neglected field of sibling dynamics from a group analytic perspective. The author views the sibling matrix from developmental, analytic and socio-cultural vantage points -and brings her ideas to life with illuminating examples from her clinical practice. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all clinicians wanting to deepen their understanding of family dynamics." --Sylvia Hutchinson, group analyst

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

PART ONE: Sibling Life

Introduction

  1. Becoming a sibling
  2. Growing up together
  3. When siblings become a group: the challenge of finding one’s place
  4. The adult sibling matrix and its roots in infancy
  5. Sibling loss

PART TWO: Siblings in clinical work

Introduction

  1. Siblings in the consulting room
  2. Working with the sibling matrix in groups
  3. Towards a Group-Analytic Sibling Theory: overcoming the sibling blind-spot
  4. PART THREE: Siblings in the wider world

    Introduction

  5. The sibling matrix in organisations
  6. Epilogue: the sibling matrix in our world today

References

About the Author

Val Parker is a psychotherapist and group analyst working in private practice in North Oxfordshire. She is a tutor on the Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Oxford and a member of the staff team on the Qualifying Course in Group Analysis in Tirana, Albania.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health