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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553374982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recovery specialist Bradshaw offers his insights into coming to grips with skeletons in the familial closet.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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All families have secrets.  Some secrets are healthy.  But others--those John Bradshaw calls "dark secrets"--limit the wholeness and freedom of every member of the family, often generation after generation.

John Bradshaw's compelling new book takes us into the heart of the family's mysterious power to impact our lives.  It ex-plores how secrets are created, how they influence us (even if we don't know they exist), and the risks we take in exploring them.

At the core of Family Secrets is a step-by-step guide to uncovering the secrets of the past and present, using a tool called the genogram to chart key relationships.  Through many fascinating examples, this unique book shows how to recognize crucial gaps and silences, reconstruct missing information, and decipher partial memories.

It also offers readers vital advice on how to deal with the truths revealed, plus ways to stay safely and honestly connected with our families.

John Bradshaw's six-part PBS television series, "Family Secrets," first aired in summer 1995, and will remain in syndication in the United States and Canada through 1997.  A second new series, "John Bradshaw on Eating Disorders,"  is also in circulation.

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John Bradshaw was educated for the Roman Catholic priesthood and took advanced degrees in psychology, philosophy, and theology before becoming a professional counselor. He is the author of such major bestsellers as Family Secrets, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming, and Creating Love. He lives in Houston, Texas, and gives lectures and workshops nationwide.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Carole A. Fielder on August 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when the subtitle was "What you don't know can hurt you." Bradshaw and others have finally done research to prove his thesis that generations repeat patterns, events, behaviors--not just personality types and genetic diseases. Reluctantly I had to agree because my observations, although unscientific, confirm what he explains.
Understanding Bradshaw's book altered my life and the abbreviated life of my brother, as indicated in the book "Gossip Kills (The 9th/8th? Commandment). The story therein is a case study of what Bradshaw posits in Family Secrets. A "must read" for anyone who understands or suspects that we're only as sick as our secrets.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Josling on July 16, 2006
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Family Secrets provides powerful tools for understanding the dynamics of families, and understanding how you may have become unknowingly enmeshed in patterns that can persist for generations.

The most valuable parts of the book are the techniques for uncovering family secrets, and the method for bringing all the information together in such a way that it makes sense. These techniques are practical and really work. I made several major discoveries about families I am involved with as a result of this book.

Bradshaw includes many new insights about how families work throughout the book.

Overall, highly recommended.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dee lundgren on November 13, 2010
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I agree with the premise that our family secrets have a direct bearing on who we are today as people. I am not sure it is necessary to go back and try to figure out what the actual secret was to heal. It has been my experience that trying to figure your parents out may be a task in futility. Clients can become fixated on why their parents did what they did and this can again put their healing in the hands of their parents. It is however important to recognize that children often do select mates that attempt to met those unmet needs of our childhood. Often our mates have the exact issues that we need to work out with our parents. It is brought out in the book that we choose what is familiar and therefore choose poorly if we have unresolved issues from our past. The book does a good job of helping the reader to understand the power of family secrets.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JaneAustenLuvr on May 11, 2010
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It's so hard to get family members to truthfully and completely reveal buried secrets even when you specifically ask them for answers to the past. People who live in shame of the past will try to dismiss your inquiry as "that's in the past" and "get over it". As a person trying to learn about or cope with a secret, you will discover the truth behind a secret at a different time from when the secret was created. Asking someone to revisit and share the past is asking them to relive the shame. Not everyone has the courage to confess or face a secret. But this book helps you heal by understanding the shame behind burying secrets and how to get the information out of them...and out of yourself. It's helpful to see the chart in Chapter 10 outlining secret severity levels, which discusses the types of secrets that should be exposed and ones that are safe to remain personal/unexposed. I also like his book entitled, Healing the Shame that Binds You, but this book about Family Secrets is an easier read.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeanie on August 26, 2001
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This is one of the best works that I have ever read. Honest, with clear direction on what steps to take to improve the state of your life. Highly recommend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Wells on September 6, 2009
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How does a Seeker liberate themselves from disempowering and limiting beliefs? By understanding your past personal history and then rewriting it, you empower yourself to move forward to recreate a timeless, limitless and abundant you. Cleaning out the family closet isn't easy but eventually it must be done! John Bradshaw's book can help. I highly recommend this book and think it is a classic for many more years to come.
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