Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 4, July/August

Aging: Fact and Fiction
ALBERT EINSTEIN, Eubie Blake, Georgia O'Keeffe, Brooke Astor, Bob Hope. It is common to hear that people such as these, who live vital lives into their eighties and nineties, somehow have beat overwhelming odds to achieve a fulfilling old age. The bleak...
AROUND THE NETWORK; Hello Viagra, Good-Bye, Sex Therapy?: A Pill Is Still No Replacement for Intimacy
"I'VE GOT ONE CLIENT WHO'S so thrilled with Viagra, Pfizer ought to hire the guy. Not that they need to hire anyone," chuckles Oakland, California, psychologist Bernie Zilbergeld. "He's raving about how natural his erections feel, how terrific his sex...
Betty Friedan Takes on the Age Mystique
BY NOW, THAT much-photographed face, with those great, hooded eyes and the imperiously hooked nose, is at least as familiar as any monumental sculpture on Mount Rushmore. Betty Friedan, after all, is one of the handful of people who come along every...
BOOKMARKS; Breaking the Silence: Plain Folks Speak Up about Racism
A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America DAVID K. SHIPLER Knopf. 607 pp. ISBN: 0-394-58975-0 ACCORDING TO DAVID SHIPLER, former New York Times reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America,...
CASE STUDIES; the Pizza War: Finding the Fit between Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Therapy
OFTEN, THE HARDEST THING to change in any client are the beliefs that underlie rigid family relationships. One of the goals of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is to help family members identify distortions in their own thinking, which then expands their...
FAMILY MATTERS: Stood Up; One Night Father Did Know Best
SHE WAS A GREASER girl, with dark, teased hair and a leather jacket, a sophomore. I was a tiny kid, a freshman. She took a liking to me, putting her arm around me when we met in the corridors of the high school, introducing me to her friends as, "my...
GETTING UNSTUCK; Treating the Not So-Blended Family: Stepfamilies Often Founder over Unresolved Divorces
A REMARRIED FAMILIES WITH adolescents arc at just about the most difficult stage of the family life cycle. Teens are trying to get rid of the parents they have, and are certainly not looking for new parents or new siblings. In the turf wars over sharing...
Healing the Family's Oldest Rifts
ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO, the e-mail that flew between my far-flung friends and me centered on work, good books and the harrowing business of raising preteen kids. Now my friend Gail in Columbus, Ohio, posts this message: "Mom's tests turned up pretty severe...
I Talk to the Light I Hear the Darkness
FORTY-ONE OUT OF THE fifty-two weeks in the year 1991 I came to visit her, so she told me early in 1992. When I wondered out loud about the precision of her testimony, she lifted a dish on a nearby table, produced a slip of paper, on which a series of...
NETWORK BRIEFS: Diagnosis from Beyond
When the middle-aged woman walked into a London psychiatric outpatient clinic and told a psychiatrist that voices inside her head kept telling her she had a brain tumor, he did what seemed reasonable. Finding nothing unusual in her history and no physical...
SCREENING ROOM; Silver Candlesticks: Victor Hugo Shows Therapists That Awareness Is Shock Therapy
THERE'S BEEN A SPATE of recent movies about President Clinton Wag the Dog, Bui-worth, Primary Colors. But now we have one about his relentless nemesis Kenneth Starr Les Miserables, with its dogged Javert and we see that his national morality play is...
Send in the Clowns
LOOK, MOMMY, A CLOWN!" the little boy says, pointing right at me. He is about 3, and his mother carries him into the pre-op waiting room, with an old, undoubtedly wellloved, blanket wrapped around his dangling legs. He is about to go in for abdominal...
War Stories: Helping Old Soldiers Find the Will to Fight
THE 75-YEAR-OLD MAN in the hospital bed looked at me with a flat, unfocused gaze. Ted made it plain to me with a few curt answers and a doleful face that his life was over, finished off by his recent, devastating stroke that had totally paralyzed the...