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Families and How to Survive Them

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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.

He became Foulkes's pupil and later his patient in a group; Robin Skynner would readily admit he needed treatment himself. 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 motivation behind it was to "make available to the general public, in a way that was easy to absorb, those aspects of psychological knowledge we had found most helpful ourselves towards making life more understandable, meaningful, and enjoyable". It's fairly light-hearted, written with some humour, plenty of anecdotes, and a few fascinating digressions. Then the two men begin to reminisce about how smacking improved their relationships with their children and brought them closer together (I assume they mean non-literally, not just because their hand was coming into sharp contact with the child's backside which is pretty close contact), so it comes as a mild surprise that they are not enthusiastic about sado-masochism.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.

Ale po raz kolejny, autorzy chcą powiedzieć za dużo, za wiele wytłumaczyć, przez co jest zbyt ogólna i po łebkach. He was adversely affected by the shared destruction and slaughter he was obliged to carry out, an experience that, for a variety of complex reasons, drew him to psychiatry as an eventual vocation.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). 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.

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). How we chose our partners and how families repeat patterns of behaviour down through the generations is looked at in great depth. It takes the form of a conversation between English funnyman, John Cleese and his psychologist, Robin Skinner.Um livro muito interessante sobre as terapias de grupo nomeadamente para fins de aconselhamento matrimonial. 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. Families and How to Survive Them may be said to have arisen from two sources – an earlier book, One Flesh, Separate Persons: Principles of Family and Marital Therapy (1976) by Skynner, and work carried out by Skynner at the Institute of Family Therapy in London in the 1970s. I don't agree with every word - the recommendations about strict discipline for children seem over-harsh to me, for instance - but much of what's said is revelatory and fascinating. 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.

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