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Secret Life of Families Making Decisions about Secrets: When Keeping Secrets Can Harm You, When Keeping Secrets Can Heal You-And How to Know the Difference

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ISBN-10: 0553375520

ISBN-13: 9780553375527

Edition: N/A

Authors: Evan Imber-Black

List price: $19.00
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Secrets come in all shapes and sizes. And for families as well as individuals, they are built on a complex web of shifting motives and emotions. But today, when personal revelations are posted on the Internet or sensationalized on afternoon talk shows, we risk losing touch with how important secrets are--how they are used and abused, their power to harm and heal. In this important work, Evan Imber-Black explores the nature of secrets, helping us understand: The distinction between healthy privacy and toxic secrecy What to tell--and not to tell--young children How to safely confront a family "zone of silence" Why adolescents need to have some secrets--and where to draw the line The…    
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

Evan Imber-Black, PhD, is internationally known for her pioneering work on rituals, larger systems, and family secrets. She is Professor and Director of Family and Group Studies, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Imber-Black is the editor of the highly acclaimedSecrets in Families and Family Therapy, author ofFamilies and Larger Systems, and coauthor ofRituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships(with Janine Roberts).

Acknowledgments
Preface
Secrets in a Talk Show Age
Living the Dilemmas
The Sculpture of Family Secrets: How Secrets Shape Relationships
The Secret Society
"We Know What's Best for You to Know": Secrets and Institutional Arrogance
Talk Show Telling Versus Authentic Telling: The Effects of the Popular Media on Secrecy and Openness
Concealing and Revealing: Choices and Changes
Secret Passages
Self-Secrets
Making and Breaking Commitments: Couples, Intimacy, and Secrets
Balancing Candor and Caution: Secrets Between Parents and Young Children
Private Investigations: Secrets Between Teens and Parents
It's Never Too Late: Revisiting Long-Held Secrets Among Parents, Grown Children, and Adult Siblings
Afterword
Notes
Index