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Families and How to Survive Them

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Everyone needs a little bit of psychotherapy and I feel like this book can offer you a lot of information about why we are the way we are. Um livro com quase 30 anos mas com muitas coisas interessantes para vivermos a vida mais informados. Um livro bastante interessante sobre a dinâmica das famílias que se baseia numa conversa entre Robin Skynner (psiquiatra) e Jonh Cleese (um dos fundadores dos Monty Pynton).

I also wonder if psychiatrists etc even still have these same beliefs, since the book was written almost 30 years ago now. In the mid-1970s, Cleese and his first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. Um livro que se desenvolve em 5 longos diálogos mas que se leem com muita facilidade até porque os autores vão ajudando os leitores a perceberem tudo. In short, this is a book which will keep you from seeing yourself as a victim and teach you to accept the inevitable unfairness in life - and to help your children develop similar strengths.The biggest lesson in the book is this anyway - try to find people who understand you well enough to make you feel secure but also who can get you thinking and perhaps who will say things that upset you from time to time to bring you down to earth. Over several weeks I grew steadily more intrigued, and finally borrowed a copy of 'Families and how to survive them' from the library.

An interesting and different book on psychology which is aimed at the average reader rather than the psychology student or medical expert. A logical development was the emergence of the Institute of Group Analysis for the specific purpose of giving training in group therapy. 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.This isn't a stereotypical self-help type of book and that makes it THE book that could save your marriage and/or the way you relate to your children. One notices that while they are opening and accepting when it suits them they are strict and prescriptive on other issues like spare the rod and spoil the child. There's a note of my father's inside the cover asking what is the truth, for me the point of all this is 'the truth' isn't what matters, it is the stories we tell ourselves and choose to regard as the truth which count, and perhaps that is why I enjoyed the first hundred pages because of the sense that one can read one's own life or the lives of others as a folktale or fairy story, indeed isn't it astonishing how many Cinderella's there are about and. The authors themselves have said that the aim of the book was "to make intelligible and accessible the psychological aspects of how families behave and function, what makes some work and others fail, and how families can move up the scale towards greater health and happiness".

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