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1st Edition

Family Myths
Psychotherapy Implications

ISBN 9780866567756
Published April 7, 1989 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Therapists can broaden their point of view and expand their options for treating individuals, couples, and families by understanding family myths. Here is a thorough and unique compilation of current studies on the development, evolution, and clinical implications of family myths. An outstanding group of international experts offers a variety of formulations regarding both personal and family myths in an attempt to bridge the chasms between individual, couple, and family systems dynamics. They focus on the conscious and unconscious elements of families’shared perceptual experiences and their relationship to behavioral, interactional patterns of individuals, couples, and family systems. The detailed descriptions of various clinical approaches to re-editing clients’personal, conjugal, and family myths will be enormously helpful to clinicians, theorists, trainers, and educators.

Table of Contents

Contents Family Myths: An Introduction

  • Myths of Destruction: A Cultural Approach to Families in Therapy
  • Family Myth, Metaphor, and the Metaphoric Object in Therapy
  • Myths and Rituals: Anthropological Views and Their Application in Strategic Family Therapy
  • Mythmaking in the Land of Imperfect Specialness: Lions, Laundry Baskets, and Cognitive Deficits
  • Personal Myths--In the Family Way
  • Reality and Myth in Family Life: Changes Across Generations
  • Personal, Conjugal, and Family Myths: Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Developments
  • Annotated Bibliography of Key Articles on Family Myths
  • An Annotated Bibliography of Intergenerational Family Issues

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