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Entries from August 2009

Mind, Culture, World – Introduction

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

There is an interesting relationship between what we have come to call the “self” and the “mind” and the world in which we live. This world comprises our “culture” – not in the sense of the opera or the symphony, but rather the background of assumptions and conventions that make it possible for us to […]

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Is Fritz Perls Just Crazy or Does He Have Something to Say?

August 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

It was 1968 and the height of the “human potential movement,” itself an outgrowth of the generalized thawing of psychological theory characteristic of the time.  Freudian psychoanalysis increasingly was perceived as a fusty collection of obscuritanist doctrine.  Behaviorism had more to do with sociology and less to do with any theory of mind.  CBT still […]

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Using Noise to Facilitate Group Attunement

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

In this note I will explore the use of noise to facilitate attunement between two people or within a small group.  I designed a musical instrument with approximately 36 copper nodes, each approximately 1/8” thick.  Six of them are approximately ¼” thick.  They protrude from and extend into a wooden box approximately 18” x 12” […]

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How Does the Death of a Parent Affect the Family Structure?

August 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Let’s consider the effects that the sudden death of a late adult stage woman might have on each member of a family comprised of her husband, her daughter (a single mother), a grandson, 13, and a granddaughter, 8.  In particular, what is the influence and impact that each person’s reaction will have on the family […]

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Developmental Issues and Coping Strategies for Blended Families – Step-Parents and Step-Children

August 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Let’s consider the following hypothetical.  A step-parenting family comes to you trying to blend smoothly the joining of the family as mother, father and five children, two his and three hers).  His children are Henry, 5, and Nadia, 12.  Her children are Lilly, 10, John, 13, and Debra, 15.  Both the man and woman have […]

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Adolescent Suicide – Developmental Factors and Influences

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Adolescent suicide is a significant problem.  The teen years typically are a time of awakening, of sudden maturation and the precipitous acquisition of new thoughts and ways of being.  This can lead to pathologies all the way from mild identity crises to full-blown schizophrenia.  Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health show that in […]

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Case Study – Psycho-Social Issues Faced by Two “Second Generation” Children of “First Generation” Immigrants to the United States

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

“Deborah” and “Azine” both are in their early 30s.  Deborah is a 2nd generation Latina, her parents having migrated to the U.S. in their middle age.  She is the youngest child and has three older brothers, one of whom is deceased.  She has been married and divorced twice.  Azine is a 2nd generation Iranian.  Her […]

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What Life-Stage and Family System Issues Does a Couple Face after Their Last Child Has Left Home?

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Children leaving the family home carry with it the potential for considerable disruption.  Contradictorily, not only are there concerns for trauma to the family unit, but also hopeful expectations for the future.  Galinsky identifies this as the “departure stage.”  She states: “Parents take stock of the whole experience of parenthood.  They have the related tasks […]

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What is “Self-Efficacy” at Erikson’s “Young Adult” Stage?

August 5th, 2009 · No Comments

The notion of self-efficacy is very important in the young adult stage.  How might the clinician help promote a young adult client’s self-efficacy beliefs? “Self-efficacy” is the set of beliefs a person has about his ability to be successful.  The contemporary theory of self-efficacy originated with Bandura’s work on learning.  Bandura’s key insight was that […]

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Field Interview – Late Adult Stage of Life

August 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The following interview was conducted over several sessions with “Jean” who is in the late adult stage of life.  Jean resides at an assisted care facility in Sherman Oaks, California.  She is a widow, her husband of over 50 years having passed away some six years ago.  She had an elder brother who also is […]

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