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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, January/February

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Kathryn Olney CAN VIOLENT MEN BE TREATED? After showing a videotape of a  brutally violent man at the annual meeting of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) last October, University of Washington researcher Neil Jacobson...
Becoming Brothers: Becoming Brothers
HOWARD WASKOW, 57, AND ARTHUR WASKOW, 60, GREW UP as brothers in a quiet Jewish neighborhood in Baltimore in the 1940s. They gathered scrap metal for the war effort together, went to the same day camp and schools, and, as adults, both worked for civil...
Consultation Corner
Deciding who has the problem in a case that challenges gender norms. Edited by H. Charles Fishman The Boy Who Loved Catwoman Deciding who has the problem in a case that challenges gender norms As THERAPISTS, WE ARE TAUGHT TO RESPECT DIVERSITY and to...
My Sister's Keeper: My Sister's Keeper
MY SISTER, SALLY, JUST TURNED 53. I AM EIGHT YEARS younger, and, partly because of that age difference, Sally and I were never close. She was away for much of my childhood, first to boarding school, when I was 8, and from there to a mental hospital,...
Notes from an Only Child
WE JUST DECIDED TO PUT ALL OUR eggs in one basket," my father used to say by way of explaining why I was an only child, and then he would pat me the basket on the back if I was anywhere within arm's reach. I heard him say it often because my aunts and...
Perspectives
Tuning In Sometimes you just have to turn it off A MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM, FUMBLES FOR THE REMOTE and turns on the TV. This is the quintessential act of modern life. It obliterates the three rarest commodities of our age: silence, solitude and darkness....
Shared Passages: Shared Passages
AT FIRST, THE CASE APPEARED TO HAVE NOTHING AT ALL TO do with siblings. Alice, a 40-year-old journalist and single mother, came in with her only child, 15-year-old Becky, who had threatened to run away from home because "my mom is like a prison warden."...
The Other Part of Me
SO MUCH OF WHO WE ARE IS DE-fined by who we aren't. My sister, 20 months younger than I, was everything that I wasn't vivacious, beautiful, the one with boyfriends, the easygoing one. It was through the negative of my family's picture of her that I developed...
The Screening Room
Married to the Mob A love story that is refreshingly unromantic MACHISMO DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORSESE AND IRONIC society novelist Edith Wharton might, at first glance, appear to have come not just from different centuries, but from different universes. These...
THE SIBLING CONNECTION: Strengthening the Sibling Bond
ONCE CHILDREN ACCEPT THAT they cannot send their new baby brothers and sisters back to the hospital, they enter intense and enduring relationships from which there is no escape. Every morning, they must wake up and confront their siblings, along with...
The Wolf at the Door
A therapist's tidy world is thrown into chaos. MY WIFE, JAN, AND I WERE AT WORK in our psychotherapy practice, when I heard her pager go off in the office next door. Since that happens many times each day, I hardly noticed. I was surprised to hear her...
Zen and the Art of Therapy
Like Zen masters, therapists must be experts at bypassing resistance. ZEN BUDDHISM IS APPARENTLY THE OLDEST CONTINUING procedure in which one person sets out to change another. For at least 700 years, Zen masters have responded in a one-to-one relationship...
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