Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 6, November/December

Around the Network: The Marvel of Human Complexity
PSYCHOTHERAPY HAS NEVER been simple or straightforward, as tangled history of its theories and methods demonstrates. Certainly the continuous exploration of mental and emotional life from psychoanalysis to solution-focused and narrative therapy has vitally...
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CASE STUDIES; the Rhythms of Couplehood: Using Time as a Resource for Change
WE ALL BRING SOME PARTICULAR BIASES, INCLINATIONS or special sensitivities to our work as therapists. As someone with a parallel life as a jazz drummer, I hear the rhythms beneath the problems of couples and turn to the dimension of time as a potential...
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Does the Past Cause the Present?
UP UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF THIS century it was taken for granted in the field of psychotherapy that events from the past cause what happens in the present. A symptom such as a phobia, a compulsion, or anxiety was considered maladaptive or inappropriate behavior...
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It's More Complicated Than That
IT'S BEEN ALMOST 20 YEARS SINCE I FIRST SAW SALVADOR MINUCHIN in action. Back then, I was a young Ph.D., just a few months into my first clinical job. In graduate school I had of course read Minuchin's books Families of the Slums and Families and...
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PERSPECTIVES; Dancing on the Edge of Chaos: Therapists Have No Monopoly on Systems Theory
CHRIS LANGTON TAKES TO THE WHITEBOARD, scribbling on it with markers. When the scribbles are erased, they leave a ghostly image. Before long, the whiteboard is a palimpsest of ideas in diagram vectors, flows, a cascade of concepts emergent, building...
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE; Do-It-Yourself Research: The Practical Advantages of Studying Your Own Practice
MOST CLINICIANS I KNOW TEND TO THINK OF RESEARCH as a remote activity, carried out by academics, in large projects that require years to conduct. In fact, research does not require videotapes, coding systems, computer prowess or million-dollar budgets,...
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SCREENING ROOM; Badly Done, Indeed: It's Never Too Late to Redeem a Wrongdoer
WE HUMANS ARE ONLY HUMAN. WE SCREW UP FROM time to time and must redeem ourselves before we can be restored to the nurture of our loved ones and our various constituencies. As I write this, political prostitute Dick Morris is undergoing a public chastening....
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Short Story: Solitaire
QUERULOUS HONK HONK Ruffled feathers Wings beat toward their watery goal Ivan read his haiku to Genya, closed the little notebook, put it in his jacket pocket. He held out his hand to her.Up, up.He helped her from the bench. They gave a last look at...
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Strangers No More: Strangers No More
A man is born three times in his life. He is born of his mother, he is born of his father, and finally he is born of his own deep self GUY CORNEAU"'How WILL I RECOGNIZE HIM?" I ASKED MY WIFE ON THE way to the airport in Toronto. It was only after I...
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The Latest on Recovered Memory
NO SCIENTIFIC QUESTION RAISED by memory's malleability and persistence has reverberated more deeply recently than that of "recovered memories." Can an accomplished writer really forget for years and then suddenly recall that she was molested by a fisherman,...
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The Mission Memory: The Mission Memory
MY MEMORIES ARE DANGEROUS. DANGEROUS TO ME, dangerous to others. If you have a look that jibes with one of my memories, I may like or dislike you without reason and our lives may change because of that. One memory can stop me from an act that seems beneficial,...
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The Puzzle of the Past: The Puzzle of the Past
IN DECEMBER 1991, THE WRITER ISABEL ALLENDE ATTENDED A party in Madrid to launch her latest novel. As she was explaining to guests how she had come to write the book, Allende received disturbing news: her twenty-seven-year-old daughter Paula had been...
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Unlearning the Lessons of History
GEORGE SANTAYANA WAS WRONG when he said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The key to freedom from the past does not come from remembering it, but from understanding it.Events from the past, even if they're true, are...
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