Yearly Archives: 2022

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School shootings. Pandemic. Inflation. Toxic politics. Environmental collapse. Democracy on the brink. Fake news and conspiracy theories. Racism and homophobia. Resulting family rifts. Even for those who don’t watch the news as obsessively as I do, I believe all people are being affected, for as Murray Bowen, MD, wrote in 1974: The hypothesis [of societal

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The Family Mindset: A Shared Perceptual Field in the Emotional Unit of the Family

            I recently finished reading the challenging book, “Empire of Pain, The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty”, written by Patrick Radden Keefe.* I use the word challenging both because of its 535 pages, and its subject matter. For the Sackler family referred to in the title is widely considered to

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Too Young to Drink, Drive or Enlist, but Old Enough to Fix the Family?

  Many readers will disagree with the premise of this article. I’ve lost clients over this point, even long-term clients who generally agree with the family systems perspective. Certainly, there are literally thousands of therapists who hold an opposing opinion. But over time I’ve become more clear on this issue: Minor children can’t legally drink alcohol,

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