The Ancestor Syndrome

Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree

The Ancestor Syndrome

In The Ancestor Syndrome Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger explains and provides clinical examples of her unique psychogenealogical approach to psychotherapy. She shows how, as mere links in a chain of generations, we may have no choice in having the events and traumas experienced by our ancestors visited upon us in our own lifetime. The book includes fascinating case studies and examples of 'genosociograms' (family trees) to illustrate how her clients have conquered seemingly irrational fears, psychological and even physical difficulties by discovering and understanding the parallels between their own life and the lives of their forebears. The theory of 'invisible loyalty' owed to previous generations, which may make us unwittingly re-enact their life events, is discussed in the light of ongoing research into transgenerational therapy. Anne Ancelin Schutzenberger draws on over 20 years of experience as a therapist and analyst and is a well-respected authority, particularly in the field of Group Therapy and Psychodrama. First published as Aie, mes Aieux this fascinating insight into a unique style of clinical work has already sold over 32,000 copies in France and will appeal to anyone working in the psychotherapy profession.

Resilience for Today

Gaining Strength from Adversity

Resilience for Today

Resilience is the human capacity to deal with stress and adversity and emerge stronger for the experience. This volume contains ten contributions from members of the helping professions (e.g. psychologists, doctors, teachers) dealing with the fostering of resilience, particularly in children and youth.

Women's Work, Men's Cultures

Overcoming Resistance and Changing Organizational Cultures

Women's Work, Men's Cultures

Corporate diversity programs often fail because of resistance in workplace culture. The author sets out an approach to real change by analysing the role of organisational cultures in marginalising women workers. Based on academic research, case studies and interviews, the author presents a new model for changing organisational culture

On Matricide

Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Law of the Mother

On Matricide

Despite advances in feminism, the "law of the father" remains the dominant model of Western psychological and cultural analysis, and the law of the mother continues to exist as an underdeveloped and marginal concept. In her radical rereading of the Greek myth, Oresteia, Amber Jacobs hopes to rectify the occlusion of the mother and reinforce her role as an active agent in the laws that determine and reinforce our cultural organization. According to Greek myth, Metis, Athena's mother, was Zeus's first wife. Zeus swallowed Metis to prevent her from bearing children who would overthrow him. Nevertheless, Metis bore Zeus a child-Athena-who sprang forth fully formed from his head. In Aeschylus's Oresteia, Athena's motherless status functions as a crucial justification for absolving Orestes of the crime of matricide. In his defense of Orestes, Zeus argues that the father is more important than the mother, using Athena's "motherless" birth as an example. Conducting a close reading of critical works on Aeschylus's text, Jacobs reveals that psychoanalytic theorists have unwittingly reproduced the denial of Metis in their own critiques. This repression, which can be found in the work of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein as well as in the work of more contemporary theorists such as André Green and Luce Irigaray, has resulted in both an incomplete analysis of Oresteia and an inability to account for the fantasies and unconscious processes that fall outside the oedipal/patricidal paradigm. By bringing the story of Athena's mother, Metis, to the forefront, Jacobs challenges the primacy of the Oedipus myth in Western culture and psychoanalysis and introduces a bold new theory of matricide and maternal law. She finds that the Metis myth exists in cryptic forms within Aeschylus's text, uncovering what she terms the "latent content of the Oresteian myth," and argues that the occlusion of the law of the mother is proof of the patriarchal structures underlying our contemporary social and psychic realities. Jacobs's work not only provides new insight into the Oresteian trilogy but also advances a postpatriarchal model of the symbolic order that has strong ramifications for psychoanalysis, feminism, and theories of representation, as well as for clinical practice and epistemology.

Breaking the Cycle

Civil Wars in Lebanon

Breaking the Cycle

Sandwiched between Syria and Israel, Lebanon is perhaps fated to be engulfed in the frequent bouts of violence that plague the wider Middle East region. In summer 2006, Beirut found itself once more under siege as Israeli missiles rained upon the capital. More often than not, however, the fighting has been internal Lebanon has suffered frequent civil wars throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Breaking the Cycle is the culmination of a conference held by the Centre for Lebanese Studies in summer 2006. The event, attended by the Lebanese prime minister, explored the path to a new Lebanon, a Lebanon free from the cycle of civil war. With the threat of war still ever-present, it is too soon to pass judgment on the lasting significance of the conference. But, as these writings testify, the visions outlined for Lebanon and her troubles form a significant step towards a dialogue for lasting peace, and form an enlightened effort to truly break the cycle, once and for all.

Foundations of psychodrama

history, theory, and practice

Foundations of psychodrama

A companion to his now-classic "Acting-In" (Springer, 1996), "Foundations of Psychodrama" presents a framework for integrating psychodrama with other methods of practice. The third edition, developed from a 1985 monograph, had wide appeal to students and practitioners of psychodrama as well as functioning as a fresh stimulus to psychotherapy, education, pastoral counseling, and other helping roles. This fourth edition takes account of the increasing work in the field in the 12 years since the last edition and includes a good deal of new material designed to present a more specific rationale for the use of psychodramatic methods while constructing a more logical sequence of events. Dr. Blatner has made a great book even better.Author's Website

Status Syndrome

How Your Social Standing Directly Affects Your Health

Status Syndrome

Why do Oscar winners live for an average of four years longer than other Hollywood actors? Who experiences the most stress - the decision-makers or those who carry out their orders? Why do the Japanese have better health than other rich populations, and Keralans in India have better health than other poor populations - and what do they have in common? In this eye-opening book, internationally renowned epidemiologist Michael Marmot sets out to answer these and many other fascinating questions in order to understand the relationship between where we stand in the social hierarchy and our health and longevity. It is based on more than thirty years of front-line research between health and social circumstances. Marmot's work has taken him round the world showing the similar patterns that could be affecting the length of your life - and how you can change it.

Autour de Montaigne

Translated by William J. Beck

Autour de Montaigne

The French critic and essayist, Roger Stéphane, has spent over forty years reading, thinking, and writing about Michel de Montaigne, (1533-1592). In his Autour de Montaigne, Stéphane shares with his readers his interpretations, his insight, and his sensitivity to the French Renaissance essayist and thinker. He bases his discussion on what Montaigne says in his Essais, putting to rest thereby a number of myths that have swirled around this controversial writer. Dr. William J. Beck's translation, the first in English, makes Stéphane's masterful study accessible to a wider audience.