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"Scarf knows the intricacies of the family structure and, even better, knows how to write well about them. In Intimate Worlds, as in most of our lives, family is riveting, white-knuckle stuff."

--The Washington Post Book World

In Intimate Worlds, bestselling author Maggie Scarf takes on the most important, and most universal, subject of her distinguished career: the family. As the first social organization that we each encounter, the family is where we learn the most fundamental and enduring lessons of our lives. Yet for too many, those lessons turn out to be painful, perplexing, and emotionally crippling. In this luminous, beautifully written book, Scarf brilliantly examines the complex ways in which families create their own intimate rules and patterns of interaction, and how by understanding these dynamics we can each improve the quality of our own family life.

At the book's core are the stories of four fascinating families and the very different ways they enact the central issues of family life: power and intimacy; conflict and love; individuality and group identification. Spanning the spectrum of family health from dysfunctional through optimal, these families grapple with serious substance abuse, sexual problems, difficulties with attachment and nurturance, eating disorders, and buried resentments that surface generation after generation. As Maggie Scarf probes the motives and meanings of these compelling dramas, she reveals the essential truths of how families shape human identity. Combining lucid analysis with warm human understanding, Intimate Worlds is a major work that both clarifies and deepens our knowledge of family relationships.

"Wrought with care and commitment, it is meticulously researched and will, I think, serve as a valuable resource for families struggling to understand themselves."

--Los Angeles Times

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In INTIMATE WORLDS, bestselling author Maggie Scarf takes on the most important and most universal subject of her distinguished career: the family. In this luminous, beautifully written book, Scarf brilliantly examines the complex ways in which families create their own intimate rules and patterns of interaction, and how by understanding these dynamics we can each improve the quality of our own family life.<P>At the book's core are the stories of four fascinating families and the different ways they enact the central issues of family life. As Maggie Scarf probes the motives and meanings of their compelling dramas, she reveals the essential truth of how families fundamentally shape human identity. A major work, INTIMATE WORLDS both clarifies and deepens our knowledge of family relationships.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [439]-452) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345406675
Author:
Scarf, Maggie
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Medical sciences
Subject:
Family psychotherapy
Subject:
Family Therapy
Subject:
Family -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Psychotherapy - Couples & Family
Subject:
Family -- Mental health.
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
General Family & Relationships
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
508
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in 1.0031 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In INTIMATE WORLDS, bestselling author Maggie Scarf takes on the most important and most universal subject of her distinguished career: the family. In this luminous, beautifully written book, Scarf brilliantly examines the complex ways in which families create their own intimate rules and patterns of interaction, and how by understanding these dynamics we can each improve the quality of our own family life.<P>At the book's core are the stories of four fascinating families and the different ways they enact the central issues of family life. As Maggie Scarf probes the motives and meanings of their compelling dramas, she reveals the essential truth of how families fundamentally shape human identity. A major work, INTIMATE WORLDS both clarifies and deepens our knowledge of family relationships.
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