Traditionally, women who chose to live out roles assigned to them succeeded at being good, but being successful meant developing a set of qualities (the feminine) that were less valued within society. However, if women chose to develop qualities valued by society (the masculine), they were deviating from their normal behaviors and were subject to criticism or censure for not acting appropriately, i.e., not being good. It began as a book group, developed into a forum of women, and from there grew into a support group of strangers who became friends, walking together into unexpected places. The support groups, Touching Your Lifethread and Revaluing The Feminine, led participants through a process of discovery of themselves as good women, and an examination of roles into which they had put and found themselves. The women discuss a variety of questions together: Who do people say I am? What makes them think that? What does it mean to the rest of my world? The answers provide a unique insight into the lives of modern women. Their stories and case studies provide the reader with an understanding of the process of psychospiritual change that the good women of the workshops have willingly undertaken. The author brings her feminist perspective and spiritual training together as an academic to examine the issues surrounding the lives of good women at varying degrees of self-awareness. Through this study, she provides a strong argument for a new approach to traditional psychology that embraces feminine and spiritual values as an integral part of counseling.
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Dr. Patricia Berliner, CSJ, Ph.D.brings her feminist perspective and spiritual training together as an academic to examine the issues surrounding the lives of good women at varying degrees of self-awareness. Through this study, she provides a strong argument for a new approach to traditional psychology that embraces feminine and spiritual values as an integral part of counseling. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY and a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializing in individual psychotherapy with adults. Dr. Berliner earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University. She is co-founder and Program Director of Elizabeth s House, a center of welcome and hospitality in Rockaway Park, NY and is the co-founder of Women for a New World - an interdisciplinary team of women offering holistic, wellness oriented programs since 1975.Review:
Wedding psychological and religious wisdom, this book maps out one path along which women can walk toward a more wholistic view of themselves, their talents , and their lives of care for others. Anyone interested in the hope for w holeness that motivates women today should read this book. --Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University
Dr. Berliners psychospiritual approach to helping women reevaluate themselves and their roles in current day culture is both insightful and powerful. You cannot read this book and not be changed, not be influenced on who you become as a woman. --Dr. Phil McGraw, Bestselling Author and Host of the television show Dr. Phil
This is a tremendous guide for women and men as they begin the journey into true spiritual connection with their hearts. --Dr. G. Frank Lawlis, Psychologist, Researcher, and Counselor
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Book Description Cloverdale Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111929569203