The Healing Connection: How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and in Life

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Two decades after the publication of Toward a New Psychology of Women , Miller and Stiver outline its practical applications, demonstrating how women's experiences in relationships shape psychological health. They analyze the process of empathetic listening and responding, proving how such moments of connection lead to psychological growth, while the repeated experience of disconnection or the failure of empathy in relationships causes psychological problems. A new kind of psychotherapy is specified, in which the therapist becomes an active participant. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Jean Baker Miller, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, a division of the Stone Center at Wellesley College.

Irene Pierce Stiver, Ph.D., is director emerita of the psychology department at McLean Hospital, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.

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A succinct account of why some women have difficulties entering into ``growth-fostering'' relationships and how, with the help of therapy, they can grow in this regard. Miller (Toward a New Psychology of Women, 1976), one of the leading theorists of feminist psychology, and Stiver, former director of McLean Hospital's psychology department, bring a clear feminist perspective to their research, demonstrating how, for example, the experience of power inequities at work or in relationships can make women act in inhibited or ingratiating ways. Yet the authors' work has almost as much relevance for men, particularly in their probing and sensitive exploration of what they call ``strategies of disconnection,'' such as a disinclination to enter into intimate relationships or to emotionally engage a therapist. Miller and Stiver point to three major childhood sources of such emotional distancing: deep family secrets that children intuit and that sometimes haunt them; parental emotional inaccessibility; and family circumstances that ``parentify'' a child, that is, force the child to assume certain adult responsibilities in the home. Rather than viewing lack of therapeutic engagement as resistance, as traditional interpretations would have it, Baker and Stiver view such ``disconnection'' as a necessary strategy to protect a traumatized or otherwise vulnerable sense of self. The authors sometimes lapse into psychobabble, particularly in overusing the word ``empowering,'' one of the limper adjectives of contemporary popular psychology. But more often, their helpful book, which will be of interest to both clinicians and their clients, is written in clear-headed prose and features a significant number of useful case studies. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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