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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, July/August

BOOKMARKS; Roads Not Taken: Elvis's Journey Was a Trail of Wasted Choices
Careless Love: The Unmasking of Elvis Presley Peter Guralnick Little Brown. 767 pp. ISBN: 0-316-33222-4 Author Peter Guralnick has worked for 11 years on this two-part, 1,300-page biography of Elvis Presley. In the first part, Last Train to Memphis...
CASE STUDIES; Raising the Bottom: Setting Limits for Teenage Substance Abusers
Fourteen-year-old Robert Lear and his parents were referred to my outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program after he had been arrested for drinking beer in the school parking lot during his lunch period. Robert was fairly typical of the kids in the...
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FAMILY MATTERS; with New Eyes: The Bumpy Spiritual Journey of Parenting
On the day my first child, Hannah, greeted the light and was lifted into my arms, I overflowed with the giddy miracle of creation. I spent the early weeks of Hannah's life filled with awe. In the long silences of nighttime nursing and through days that...
IN CONSULTATION; A Fighting Chance: Replacing Angry Closeness with Positive Connection
Q : One couple I see constantly gets into explosive fights. What does it mean, and what should I do? A: Contrary to what you might think, explosive fighting in couples can be a good sign. I believe it means that the partners don't want to disengage....
NETWORKER NEWS; Anguish in Littleton: What Therapists Have to Say
In the weeks following the Columbine High School murders, the popular media finally began to zoom in on the relationship between angry kids, disconnected parents and media violence. And while all the discussion and soul-searching went on, schools across...
Rebels with a Cause: Honoring the Subversive Power of Psychotherapy
More than a century ago, Sigmund Freud shocked the medical establishment of his day by  suggesting that mental illness was caused by childhood physical and sexual abuse. Neither the medical establishment, believing that all psychological disturbances...
Restoring the Bond: The Brain's Role in Nurturing Family Connection
When the Samuelsons arrived for their first session of family therapy, Beth, age 12, zoomed into the room without hesitation, peering into the one-way mirror, examining the cameras, rifling through the genogram pads and picking up, putting down and picking...
SCREENING ROOM; Us and Them: Exposing the Shadow Side of Ethnic Identity
The massacres on the news, from Kosovo to Columbine, are running together in my mind. The similarities between the Serbian ethnic cleansers and the Trench Coat Mafia may not be immediately obvious, but both groups are basing their identity on their exaggerated...
The Emotional Imperative: Psychotherapists Cannot Afford to Ignore the Primacy of the Limbic Brain
On a humid evening last September, Susan and James burst into our office looking like two high schoolers in the grip of a classroom giggle fit. Usually serious and reserved, James, 36, explained between chuckles that he had been telling Susan a story...
Where Angels Fear to Tread: Defusing the Family Feud
Mike was already 42 when he really got to know his cousin Charlotte. They had just never seen much of each other before that. Now, in his middle years, Mike was discovering that he had a lot in common with her. Maybe that's why he was so shocked when...
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