9781572308152

The Intimacy Paradox Personal Authority in the Family System

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    9781572308152

  • ISBN10:

    157230815X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-07-03
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Summary

Although most people physically leave home by their early 20s, emotional separation from one's family is a more difficult process that can continue for a lifetime. This acclaimed book addresses the struggle of adults to establish autonomy without sacrificing family connections. Donald S. Williamson presents personal authority therapy, an approach designed to simultaneously foster individual development and family-of-origin intimacy. Therapists are taken step by step through conducting individual, couple, and small group sessions that culminate in several sessions with each client and his or her parents. Writing with sensitivity and humor, the author demonstrates effective ways to help adult children construct new personal and family narratives, resolve intergenerational intimidation, and enjoy healthier, more equal relationships with parents and significant others.

Table of Contents

I. PERSONAL AUTHORITY THEORY
Personal Authority in the Family System: An Overview
3(20)
The Intimacy Paradox
3(1)
The Question
4(1)
The Dilemma
5(1)
Differentiation of Self
6(1)
Personal Authority in the Family System Introduced
7(1)
Intergenerational Intimidation
8(1)
Healthy Family Structure: A Matter of Timing
9(1)
Humanization of the Parent
10(1)
The Focus Is on the Primary Triangle
11(1)
The Therapeutic Style in Personal Authority Work
12(2)
Transgenerational Family Therapy: Some Distinctions in the Interest of Differentiation
14(5)
The Role of Theory in Practice
19(1)
A How-To Book
20(3)
Background Theoretical Assumptions
23(10)
Six Basic Assumptions
23(7)
Four Assumptions about Parents Underlying Personal Authority Work
30(3)
Personal Authority: The Construct in Theoretical Context
33(16)
Language, Consciousness, and the Authority of Personal Authority Work
33(3)
Personal Authority Work in the Context of Psychotherapy Theory in General
36(2)
Personal Authority: The Theoretical Construct
38(11)
II. PERSONAL AUTHORITY METHOD: THE PLAY'S THE THING
Setting the Scene: Playful Interventions as a Method of Therapy
49(16)
Personal Authority Family of Origin Work: A Script Note
49(1)
Personal Authority Psychotherapy Practice in Context
50(1)
Personal Authority Work as Symbolic-Experiential and as Strategic Family Therapy
51(1)
The Uses of Absurdity
52(3)
Building the Set: The Ambience of the Therapeutic Process--Trembling on the Edge
55(5)
Staging Notes: Four Assumptions about the Therapeutic Interaction
60(5)
Auditioning and Casting: Background Preparations for the Conversations with Parents
65(14)
Production Notes
65(2)
Screening, Selecting, and Assigning the New Client to a Small Family-of-Origin Group
67(12)
Black Out Sketches: The Group at Play
79(24)
Playful Interventions, Assignments, and Perturbations
79(5)
Scenes from a Group
84(19)
The Rehearsal: Preparing the Client for Political Renegotiations with Parents
103(12)
Discovery
103(1)
Release
104(2)
Observation
106(1)
Initiating Negotiations
106(3)
Preparing the Parents
109(1)
Corollary Conversations
109(1)
Preparation of the Agenda
110(1)
The Invitation to Parents
111(4)
Scheduling the Performance and Contract Negotiating with the Players
115(10)
Welcoming, Bonding, and Briefing the Parents
115(1)
The Ground Rules for the In-Office Conversations
116(2)
The Consultant Sits Down with the Client and the Parents
118(2)
A Matter of Timing
120(5)
Writing the Script: The In-Office Agenda for the Primary Triangle--Part 1. The Parents Speak
125(26)
Prologue: So What Is This Play About? The Parental Narrative
126(1)
Act One: The Parents' Memories
127(13)
Act Two: The Parents' Reflections
140(11)
Writing the Script: The In-Office Agenda for the Primary Triangle--Part 2. The Client Responds and the Consultant Reflects
151(20)
Act Three: The Client's Declarations
151(11)
Crafting the Language for the Questions
162(1)
Epilogue: So What Was That All About? The Dynamics of the In-Office Consultation
163(3)
Postscript
166(5)
Performing Outdoors: New Life at the Graveyard--Renegotiation with a Deceased Former Parent
171(12)
Making the Trip
171(6)
Detailed Agenda for Graveside Visit with a Deceased Parent
177(4)
Compassion and Honor for the Dead
181(2)
Production Problems: Limitations to the Method
183(12)
The Parents as a Source of Limitations
183(4)
The Client as a Source of Limitations
187(2)
Reluctance to Making Changes in Family Politics
189(6)
III. PERSONAL AUTHORITY CONTEXTUAL ISSUES
Personal Authority: The Personal Story
195(18)
The Town of Dungannon
195(3)
The Family
198(1)
Illness
199(1)
Religion
200(1)
Brave New World
201(1)
On Returning to the Parental Home
202(2)
Critical Incidents in Conversations at the Parental Home
204(7)
Two Observations on the Work
211(2)
Personal and Professional Authority in Professional Life
213(8)
The Future Lies Ahead
219(2)
Personal Authority, Professional Authority, and Physical Health
221(18)
Mind, Emotion, and Physical Health
222(4)
The Further Implications of These Ideas
226(7)
Reasons for Hesitancy to Change Health Education Practices
233(3)
Is Change Then Possible at All?
236(3)
Personal Authority and Gender Differences: Typecasting
239(22)
Linda M. Walsh
Introduction
240(1)
Contributions of Feminism
241(2)
Historical Perspective on Family and ``Homelife''
243(1)
A Gendered Perspective
244(6)
PAFS and Alpha Bias
250(2)
Christopher's Story
252(1)
The Transgenerational Model and Murray Bowen
253(4)
Barbara's Story
257(2)
Conclusions
259(2)
Beyond Personal Authority
261(12)
Falling in Love with the Future
261(3)
Personal Authority as Illusion
264(9)
IV. PERSONAL AUTHORITY RESEARCH
The Personal Authority in the Family System Questionnaire: Assessment of Intergenerational Family Relationships
273(14)
James H. Bray
Key Concepts
274(2)
Questionnaire Development
276(3)
Norms for the PAFS-Q
279(1)
Reliability
279(1)
Validity
280(1)
Interpretation of PAFS-Q Scale Scores
281(1)
Clinical Applications
282(1)
Research and Theory Applications
283(2)
Summary and Future Work
285(2)
References 287(12)
Index 299

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