Personal relationships have seldom seemed as complex and troubled as they are now. The rate of divorce and family break-up has steadily increased. Although various factors play a part in these issues, The Dying Family and The Loss of Intimate Relationships examines the major role played by the failure of early relationships.
The book focuses on core problems, ranging from ignorance or denial of the importance of early attachment, to the effects of social media. Divided into three parts, the first describes how the capacity to relate evolves from the mother-child dyad via the parental couple and family life. The second looks at the neurological, psychological and political threats to healthy development. In part three, the negative consequences for relationships are examined, including the issue privacy, freedom of speech and religious tolerance. Questioning the impact of contemporary sexual politics on the traditional family unit, the book suggests a taboo has arisen around the subject.
Written in an honest and inquisitive style by a vastly experienced psychoanalytic practitioner and former teacher, The Dying Family and The Loss of Intimate Relationships will be of great interest to any researcher or professional working in the area of family dynamics.
"In a magnificently comprehensive work, John Miller has provided us with a veritable encyclopaedia of intimacy, exploring the complex vicissitudes of human development from earliest infancy to the enactment of family pathology upon a global stage. With impressive scholarly breadth and moving clinical vignettes, the author has captured the very essence of modern psychology in a neatly presented and impactful volume. This book will be ideal for students and mental health practitioners alike … as well as for government ministers!" – Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow, Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and Trustee, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
Part I: The Heart of the Matter
Part II: The Threats
Part III: The Consequences
Epilogue: Utopia or Survival?