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Bradshaw On: The Family

A New Way of Creating Solid Self-Esteem, Revised Edition
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Publisher: 
Health Communications
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March, 1990
ISBN:
9781558744271
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First published in 1988 and revised in 1996, this was Bradshaw’s first book, full of passion and idealism, arising from his public television series of the same name. Effectively popularizing insights from pioneering family systems theorists such as Milton Erickson, Murray Bowen, Gregory Bateson, Jay Haley, Virginia Satir, Alice Miller and others, it’s sold over a million copies since 1988!—and virtually ensconced in our culture the notion of “adult children.” This book describes the causes and dynamics of emotionally impaired families; how unhealthy rules of behaviour are passed down from parents to children; and the destructive effect this process has on our society.

Including helpful checklists and “road maps,” Bradshaw profiles both functioning and dysfunctioning family systems; shows how self-esteem was damaged in addicted families, physically abusing families, and emotionally abusing families; and lays out road maps for uncovering one’s lost self (“breaking the original spell”) and discovering one’s true self (“spiritual awakening and compassionate action”). In an epilogue, “Revising Traditional Values,” he emphasizes the difference between “traditional” values that leave us disempowered by hierarchy and “traditional” values of “deep democracy” that empower each individual in their human dignity and uniqueness.

Using the latest family research and recovery material in this new edition, and clearly showing a deepening maturity in his writing, Bradshaw also explores the individual in both a family setting and a societal setting. He shows readers ways to escape the tyranny of family-reinforced behaviour traps—from addiction to codependency to loss of will and denial—and demonstrates how to make conscious choices that will move toward healing and resourcefulness for ourselves and our loved ones.

By returning ourselves and our families to emotional health, he says, we can heal the world we live in. Evoking a “deep democracy,” he powerfully applies the poignant and sometimes terrible lessons we learn in family life to how we as a family of life sustain ourselves on the planet.

As our consciousness emerges, we’ve come to realize that we are the Earth thinking—we, the human family, are the consciousness of the Earth. We realize that all of us are needed to do the job of providing for the future. Our differences are not the source of our problems; they are the source of our solutions. We need the whole family of humans—every culture, every language, every religion, every species of living being—in order to solve our planetary problems....

Understanding how families work will help us to understand how we got socialized in our original families and how that socialization carries over into our larger world.

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Based on the public television series of the same name, Bradshaw On: The Family is John Bradshaw's seminal work on the dynamics of families that has sold more than a million copies since its original publication in 1988. Within its pages, you will discover the cause of emotionally impaired families. You will learn how unhealthy rules of behavior are passed down from parents to children, and the destructive effect this process has on our society. Using the latest family research and recovery material in this new edition, Bradshaw also explores the individual in both a family and societal setting. He shows you ways to escape the tyranny of family-reinforced behavior traps--from addiction and co-dependency to loss of will and denial--and demonstrates how to make conscious choices that will transform your life and the lives of your loved ones. He helps you heal yourself and then, using what you have learned helps you heal your family. Finally, Bradshaw extends this idea to our society: by returning yourself and your family to emotional health, you can heal the world in which you live. He helps you reenvision societal conflicts from the perspective of a global family, and shares with you the power of deep democracy: how the choices you make every day can affect--and improve--your world.

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