Family Therapy Networker

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, March/April

A Grain of Salt
DISCUSSIONS ABOUT the possible role of biology in human behavior have an emotional and divisive history. Feminists, ethnic minorities and members of stigmatized groups in particular have long distrusted biological research, for good reasons. Genetic...
AROUND THE NETWORK; the Chemistry of Craving: Why Addicts Are So Hard to Treat
AMONG THE MANY tales of human frailty and grit that unfold in Close to Home, Bill Moyers's upcoming, five-part, PBS series on addiction (March 29-31), is a story that goes to the heart of many therapists' experience with the desperation of drug dependence....
BOOKMARKS; When Men Batter Women: New Insights into Ending Abusive Relationships
NEIL S. JACOBSON AND JOHN M.GOTTMANSimon and Schuster. 1998. 290 pp. ISBN 0-684-81447-1 During the past 10 years, our field has struggled mightily to address the issue of violence in relationships. Fierce debates rage about family therapy's role in treating...
CASE STUDIES; Is the Customer Always Right?: Maybe Not, but It's a Good Place to Start
MANY THERAPISTS TODAY have abandoned a reliance on the "Five Ds" (diagnosis, disease, dysfunction, disorder and deficit). They have stepped down from the throne of the exalted expert and learned to privilege the client's voice as the source of wisdom...
Equal but Separate
THERE IS A MYSTERY IN JAZZ and a mystery in genes, and they are both in the air one night at a D.C. club called Twins Lounge. The owners, identical twins from Ethiopia named Kelly and Maze Tesfaye, are an indistinguishable service dynamo, shuttling out...
FAMILY MATTERS; the Wide-Angle Lens: On Long Journey Home, a Daughter Refocuses on a Bigger Picture
TWICE A MONTH, I make a ritual pilgrimage. Rising at dawn, I drive two blocks to the Amoco station, where a tiny Korean lady smiles and welcomes me from behind her bullet-proof window. Bowing ever so slightly, she tells me whether the coffee is vintage...
From Hedgehog to Fox: Clinicians in the Age of Complexity Know That Nothing in the Landscape of Therapy Is as Simple or as Local as It Once Was
As I TRY TO MAKE SENSE of all the competing approaches and models that seek to define the field of psychotherapy today, I sometimes find myself thinking about the foxes and hedgehogs described by the English philosopher and historian Isaiah Berlin. Western...
Genetics
AN ERA'S CONVENTIONAL WISDOM has a remarkable ability to color perceptions, seducing people to linger over certain facts and to hurry past others. In the early 1960s, for instance, when the prevailing cultural belief was that nurture, not nature, was...
GETTING UNSTUCK: Coming out in Therapy
TOO OFTEN, WELL-MEANING therapists of all sexual orientations encourage married partners to explore their same-sex desires and identify with the gay or lesbian or bisexual communities, as if these feelings are "real" and "true," but the love the married...
Is Biology Destiny: Genetic Predisposition Is Not the Same as Genetic Inevitability
GENE-BEHAVIOR STORIES are constantly getting propelled to the front pages of newspapers. One popped up a few years ago. when a team of researchers reported that a single gene, called fru, determines the sexual behavior of male fruit flies. Courtship,...
NETWORK BRIEFS: We Hate to Interrupt, But
Women are ideal clients: they can talk about feelings; they know how to keep conversations going: and, best of all, they don't mind being interrupted when therapists have something to say. In a recent study of clinical-psychology doctoral candidates,...
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE; Defending the Family: Beware of the Biogenetic Bandwagon
ALTHOUGH FAMILY THERAPISTS tend to argue among themselves about differences in clinical theories and about practical issues in treatment, they have agreed about one thing the family matters. The cornerstone of the field has been the fundamental idea...
SCREENING ROOM; Whose Lifeboat Is It Anyway?: The Best and Worst of Human Nature on the High Seas
BIG MOVIES THAT ASPIRE to create enduring myths have to have big themes. This winter, a couple of gargantuan, maritime costume dramas have bitten off grand themes about human freedom and whose life is worth saving.With Amistad, I'd hoped that Steven...
Soaring on the Edgy
A FEW YEARS AGO, while then in his early sixties, Sam Keen decided to fulfill a childhood fantasy and begin training as a trapeze artist at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. As he went about trying to master knee hangs, planges, turnarounds and...
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