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Intimate worlds : how families thrive and why they fail

Author: Maggie Scarf
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Ballantine books edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maggie Scarf
ISBN: 0345406672 9780345406675
OCLC Number: 36428226
Notes: Originally published by Random House in 1995 as "Intimate worlds life inside the family."
Description: xxxviii, 466 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Acting out the pain: the child as symptom bearer and delegate --
The beavers scale of family health and competence: levels 1-5 --
Family legacies: the ways in which the past invades the present --
Styles of relating: emotionally enmeshed and emotionally disengaged families --
The genogram: the family's existential blueprint for being --
Closely connected people: the family script, projective identification, and paradoxical tasks --
Establishing order and predictability: the emergence of a tyrant --
A core family dynamic: the oppressor and the oppressed --
Struggling for control: the bulimic strategy --
Re-creating the pain of the past: an attempt at resolution --
Early development: of love and survival --
Intimacy: patterns in human attachment --
What would the first sentence of your own autobiography be? --
A rule-bound emotional world: control of the self and of the system is established, intimacy remains elusive --
Her side of the genogram-an enmeshed family system and a quasi-incestuous "family affair": Toni Gifford --
His side of the genogram-a chilly, distanced family: Henry Gifford --
Opposites attract-or are they opposites? The merging of two family styles --
Alcohol and the family --
Intimacy, self-knowledge, and self-esteem --
Self boundaries and family boundaries --
Family tasks --
An important part of loving: acknowledging human separateness --
Why some children thrive despite early family trauma --
Love: unconditional, or conditional/earned --
Resolving conflict, managing power --
Journeying home --
Appendix I: Directions for mapping one's own family on the beavers systems model --
Appendix II: Interview outline: a sampling of the topics raised, questions asked, self-reflective exercises frequently used in the course of interviewing families.
Responsibility: Maggie Scarf.

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