Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, January/February

AROUND THE NETWORK: Birth Order Is Back; A Darwinian View of Sibling Rivalry
WHEN ORIGIN OF SPECIES WAS PUBLISHED IN 1859, bitter controversy erupted over whether Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection was an epoch-making breakthrough or the work of a consummate charlatan. What factor most powerfully determined whether...
CASE STUDIES: Diagnosis Du Jour? Understanding Attentional Deficits Can Sharpen Our Treatment Strategies
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD NICK WAS BOTH THE CLASS CLOWN and a loner. To other first graders, he seemed more than a little odd because of his awkward attempts to gain attention and acceptance. They teased him mercilessly. Though his teacher supervised him closely...
Listening to the System: LISTENING TO THE SYSTEM
OVER THE YEARS, I HAVE WATCHED A PARADE OF TREATments for depression mesmerize the field, promising so much but ultimately failing to help many clients get free of their distress. In spite of all our efforts and all the things we have learned, the causes...
Network Briefs
Every age has had too much of a good thing, from Roman, orgies to Victorian excesses. Many people would agree that our blessing/curse is information. In a survey of 1,300 managers in Australia, Britain, Japan. Singapore and the United States, conducted...
SCREENING ROOM: Get Everything; Handling the Shock of Marital Betrayal Hollywood-Style
MEN ARE SOMETIMES TREACHEROUS TO THE WOMEN who trust them. When a man in midlife panics over his success or failure, drops his pants, loses his mind, and dumps his familiar wife, she must fight for her life, and often she is fighting all alone while...
Stronger Medicine: STRONGER MEDICINE
IT WAS MID-MORNING ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE LARGE PSYchotherapy conference when I first began noticing the small white buttons with their pithy little saying sprouting on the lapels of conference attendees: "DEPRESSION: IT'S AN ILLNESS, NOT A WEAKNESS."...
The Family Unplugged: STRONGER MEDICINE
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, YOU seem to stay on the outskirts of a city that never quite materializes. You can wander through the downtown of stubby, indistinguishable office buildings, stores and restaurants and never pick up a...
THE LEGACY: Depression It Takes More Than a Pill
MY FAMILY IS HAUNTED BY DEPRESSION. MY MOTHER CANtrace it back in her family at least six generations and it's in my father's family, too. When it hits, it hits hard. We don't get "down in the dumps," we get lost in the pits. Some people find themselves...
The Smiling Thief
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF THIEVES. One type breaks into your home and indiscriminately steals anything of value, from the candlestick holders you hated to the napkin rings you loved. The other kind of thief is white collar, the shyster in a nice suit,...