Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 4, July/August

Black Swans: The Answer to Illness Is Not Necessarily a Cure
There is something satisfying and scary about making an angel, lowering your bulky body into the drowning fluff, stray flakes landing on your face. I am 7 or 8, and the sky looms above me, gray and dead. I move my arms and legs--expanding,...
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BOOKMARKS: How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and in Life
Passionate Marriage: Love, Sex and Intimacy in Emotionally Committed Relationships. David Schnarch Norton. 1997. 432 pp. ISBN 0-393-04021-6 After a few years of marriage, sex becomes routine, right? Most of us resignedly trade...
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CASE STUDIES; Manners Matter: Respecting the Etiquette of Effective Psychotherapy
Whenever I talk about my belief in the link between etiquette and successful psychotherapy, people exclaim "Manners?! You mean how to set the table?" In fact, manners are a vastly underutilized resource in helping people manage the deep ...
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CLINICIAN'S DIGEST: Chasing Dollars
Every Clinician's Digest consists of several brief (400-500 word) articles of specific clinical relevance to therapists. For technical reasons, it is impossible to provide a Preview of the individual articles within a Digest.The subject of your search...
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Confessions of a Lifelong Therapy Addict: In Search of the Ultimate Breakthrough
Suddenly, here I was, 47 years old, smoking cigarettes again.Thrown by a disorienting job relocation into a new environment, I found myself among people who were, mysteriously for this health-conscious age, smoking. Equally mysteriously,...
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Consumer-Driven Therapy: What Happens When Our Clients Become Our Customers?
When I began a course of therapy 25 years ago with an analytically trained psychologist, I no more considered myself an informed consumer , shopping around for a good therapy "product," than I believed I had the right to openly question any...
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NETWORKER NEWS; A River Runs through It: When a Community Tries Its Best and Fails, Then What?
People in North Dakota insist that the land is so flat, they can spot an anthill a half mile away. Local lore says that when it snows at night, by morning the wind has blown it all into South Dakota. But there was too much snow to blow...
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SCREENING ROOM; the Death of Shame: Pushing the Comedy of Hostility to the Edge
Comedians are society's therapists, showing us that our embarrassing weaknesses and pathetic neediness are, in fact, universal. Part of what enables most comedians to do their job is that they are as unheroic and funny looking on the...
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Short Story: The Seal Maiden: A Custody Battle out of the Not-Too-Distant Past
To see her son, in a visit supervised by a social worker who would sit in the back of the room, her head folded behind a newspaper, Miriam Birkin had to leave the colorful, people-crossed, café-lined streets of Lakeview and drive through...
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Stepping off the Throne: It's Easy to Be Too Enamored with Our Own Theories
Ten years ago, when we were on the faculty of the Dayton Institute for Family Therapy, Mark Hubble and I asked almost every therapist we knew to send us their "impossible cases": people labeled borderline or delusional; people at high risk...
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