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Families and How to Survive Them

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Czytając należy brać pod uwagę czas, kiedy była pisana i aktualny stan wiedzy psychologicznej na tamten moment.

Some reviews pick up on the old fashioned family roles and strict parenting style advocated by Skynner, who of course argues this just reflects his years of clinical experience, but then again, this is a book from the early 80s, so his experience was from working with couples and families in the 60s and 70s, so the adults will have reached maturity in the 40s and 50s, and only a few in the 60s, so unsurprisingly the feedback from Skynner's practise will seem to the younger reader rather conservative. One warning - much of this book goes against the common wisdom of the day and the authors don't propose that parents mollycoddle their children. The focus is on teaching people to live in the real (NOT ideal) world and to learn to deal with it, to develop some backbone and realistic expectations.Não é um livro fácil de ler pela quantidade de informação transmitida, muitas vezes me revi nas situações faladas e isso às vezes pode doer. Love, sex and marriage and parenthood, depression and sadness, independence and experience are just a few of the many issues explored in conversation by family therapist Robin Skynner and his former patient and comedian, John Cleese. Overall, the book reminded me of my old day dream, in which one travels as a pilgrim to the temple of the God, sleeps in the temple overnight hoping for a significant dream - hopefully on that doesn't involve triangles, then on the way out of the temple in the morning you read the words know thyself over the doorway.

This book is much more to do with family background and relationships, and shows how easy it is to pick up family habits and problems - and how it's possible to grow through and out of them too. In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers.

This book will open your eyes to the way in which families work, but as I've already indicated, it shouldn't be read just the once. Guiding us through the daily issues that confront us all, FAMILIES AND HOW TO SURVIVE THEM offers vital advice in helping each of us to maintain a happy, healthy family life.

One could take the view that in terms of time, money and convenience a three hundred page book is a considerable improvement on three and a half years in group therapy. There are some great ideas in here still, and the dialogue format is very engaging and easy to read, but reading it from thirty-ish years later, be prepared to discard a lot as you go. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.The book was also serialised as a six-part radio series for the UK BBC station BBC Radio 4, with each episode being 30 minutes long. Foulkes was a pioneer, and quickly attracted the attention of others keen to change the way mental health patients were dealt with. He was a founder of the Group-Analytic Practice and of the Institute of Group-Analysis, and a founder and first chairman of the Institute of Family Therapy, London.

As Freud blamed all psychological ailments on penises and patients' poor relationships with their mothers, so "Families and How to Survive Them", tends to, in my view, oversimplify some of the issues.

He became Foulkes's pupil and later his patient in a group; Robin Skynner would readily admit he needed treatment himself. In 1959, Skynner, together with fellow disciples of Dr Foulkes, founded the Group Analytic Practice, which specialises in group, family and marital therapy. And notice the parts you most strongly disagree with - what might be behind the screen that's making you act that way? Homosexuals are deviants and are the way they are because they missed a stage in childhood, hmm, really?

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