Synopses & Reviews
The influential group of scholars working out of the Stone Center of Wellesley College has drawn together their most important essays to make a major contribution to the literature of women's development. Their groundbreaking work on developmental theory is based on the prominence of relationships in women's experience of themselves, as opposed to the disconnection that traditional developmental theory asserts is necessary to achieve a sense of self. This volume will be of interest to clinical psychologists and social workers, psychotherapists, developmental psychologists, feminist scholars, and sociologists.
Elucidating the Stone Center's influential work on women's development, this volume is both a critique of traditional psychodynamic training and a major theoretical contribution to the study of development.
Overly emotional, hysterical, dependent, frivolous, fickle... Why have women been so consistently defined as deficient in maturity, self-mastery, and independence according to the models of human development inspired by male culture? The authors of WOMEN'S GROWTH IN CONNECTION, a sampling of the influential working papers from the Stone Center, Wellesley College, have sought to answer this question by studying developmental theory and reformulating it to reflect women's experience more accurately. These papers, about women's ways of being in the world, frame an innovative relational perspective on women's psychological development. The authors--clinicians, clinical supervisors, and teachers--have been searching for therapeutic models that take into account women's meaning systems, values, and organization of experiences, all of which often revolves around relationships rather than the self. By offering a new perspective on women's development, WOMEN'S GROWTH IN CONNECTION stands at the forefront of the ongoing feminist movement to examine and reshape psychological theory and practice. The authors offer this volume as an invitation to the reader to join in the building of new models of women's development.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-305) and index.
About the Author
Judith Jordan, Ph.D., is Director of Training and Founding Scholar at the Jean Baker Miller Institute, the Stone Center, Wellesley College, and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.
Table of Contents
I. A Developmental Perspective
1. The Development of Women's Sense of Self, Miller
2. Women and Empathy: Implications for Psychological Development and Psychotherapy, Jordan, Surrey, & Kaplan
3. The "Self-in-Relation": A Theory of Women's Development, Surrey
4. Empathy and Self Boundaries, Jordan
5. The Meaning of Mutuality, Jordan
6. Beyond the Oedipus Complex: Mothers and Daughters, Stiver
7. Women's Self in Development in Late Adolescence, Kaplan, Klein, & Gleason
8. The Meanings of "Dependency" in Female-Male Relationships, Stiver
9. Relationship and Empowerment, Surrey
10. The Construction of Anger in Women and Men, Miller
11. Women and Power, Miller
12. The "Self-in-Relation": Implications for Depression in Women, Kaplan
13. Work Inhibitions in Women, Stiver
14. Eating Patterns as a Reflection of Women's Development, Surrey
15. The Meaning of Care: Reframing Treatment Models, Stiver
16. Female or Male Therapists for Women: New Formulations: Kaplan
17. Empathy, Mutuality, and Therapeutic Change: Clinical Implications of a Relational Model, Jordan