Leaving Home The Art of Separating from Your Difficult Family

ISBN-10: 0231134770

ISBN-13: 9780231134774

Edition: 2011

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Why, after a childhood of emotional neglect and abuse, would a man move next door to the very parents who caused him pain? And how can a woman emerge from her mother's control in order to form healthy adult relationships? Giving up family attachments that failed to meet our needs as children, David Celani argues, is the hardest psychological task an adult can undertake. Yet the reality is that many adults re-create the most painful aspects of their early relationships with their parents in new relationships with peers and romantic partners, frustrating themselves and discouraging them from leaving their family of origin. Leaving Homeemphasizes the life-saving benefits of separating from destructive parents and offers a viable program for personal emancipation. Celani's program is based on Object-Relations Theory, a branch of psychoanalysis developed by Scottish analyst Ronald Fairbairn. The human personality, Fairbairn argued, is not the result of inherited (and thus immutable) instincts. Rather, the developing child builds internal relational templates that guide his future interactions with others based on the conscious and unconscious memories he internalized from his primary relationship -- the one he experienced with his parents. While a child's attachment to parents who were neglectful or even abusive is not uncommon, there is a way out. Articulate, sensitive, and replete with examples from Celani's twenty-six years of clinical practice, this book outlines the practical steps to leaving home.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/23/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Building Blocks of Our Personality
How Our Defenses Play "Hide and Seek" with Reality
Staying Home
Preparing for Change
Leaving Home
References
Index
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