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Families and How to Survive Them

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Um livro muito interessante sobre as terapias de grupo nomeadamente para fins de aconselhamento matrimonial. Some bits are interesting - after reading it, I notice a lot more how couples seem to come from similar background even if the similarities aren't obvious.

An interesting and different book on psychology which is aimed at the average reader rather than the psychology student or medical expert. It's unbelievable how common sensical most things seem and how most (if not all) situations described remind one of personal experience or of that of people around them. I really enjoyed this non-fiction book, even though I didn't agree with all of the opinions within it (what makes people homosexual for example). Robin Skynner was a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot who flew the Mosquito twin-engined bomber, and was also a psychiatric pioneer and innovator in the field of treating mental illness. He has appeared in many other films, including the James Bond films, Harry Potter and Shrek and has guest-starred in numerous TV shows.You might enjoy the occasional smile, and you won't get bored, but you won't be rolling around on the floor laughing. This book, along with Lise Bourbeau's "Five injuries" are the best thing I've read on the topic of why we do what we do, we fear what we fear, we love what we love and we act in ways we normally don't understand.

This book contains a bunch of unconventional ideas, though without solid proof of them, therefore my rating is only 3*.Skynner admits he fulfilled the prophecy by entering the madhouse, but through the staff door, this is the kind of thing I so much enjoyed in reading Herodotus. They discuss some very complicated psychoanalytic theory in a very accessible way, without once mentioning any technical terms. How we chose our partners and how families repeat patterns of behaviour down through the generations is looked at in great depth. We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. 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. Skynner opens with a classic folk tale motive - his great uncle relating how Skynner's mother said that her son would either be a genius or end up in the madhouse. I also wonder if psychiatrists etc even still have these same beliefs, since the book was written almost 30 years ago now. In the late 1960s, he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus and the four Monty Python films: And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.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 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. I remember reading this book years ago and finding the discussions of how and why we replicate family relationships and how we are drawn to people hiding the same problems as ourselves fascinating. 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. In my imagination then there is the sparkle of sunlight on the sea, of course Delphi isn't by the sea, but a day dream is still just a dream.

This time I found it much more interesting, possibly because I have my time for non fiction now and also because I am in a better place in my life. But I'd completely forgotten the outdated ideas about the causes of depression, autism or schizophrenia; the positivity around fairly strict 'innate' gender roles and the snark about feminists; the distinctly old-fashioned ideas around homosexuality and transexuality; the approval of strict parenting attitudes, and much more.Take it with a pinch of salt - but if you ever wanted to know why some families get along and others don't, in broad terms, I'd recommend this book highly. Foulkes was a pioneer, and quickly attracted the attention of others keen to change the way mental health patients were dealt with. But if you ever wanted to know why some families get along and others don't, in broad terms, I'd recommend this book highly.

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