From Publishers Weekly
The coauthors of Rituals in Families and Family Therapy , both of whom head family therapy programs--Imber-Black at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Roberts at the University of Massachusetts--contend that rituals are essential to social growth, as they help individuals to develop personal identities and provide families with frameworks through which to maintain and strengthen their relationships. While leaving room for adapting or creating new rituals in accord with differing family compositions, customs and cultural heritages, the authors of this notably jargon-free psychological study offer practical advice on how to best use words and symbols to create special events through which to celebrate life's continuity, rhythmic cycles and changes from birth to death. They also explain how such everyday rituals as meals and bedtimes "shape, capture, and express relationships." Illustrations not seen by PW.
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A wonderful book that helps put people in touch with what is most central in their lives, and offers new and inspiring ways of looking at ourselves and our relationships. (Harriet Goldhor Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Intimacy)
[The authors] brilliantly demonstrate how we can, and indeed, must reanimate old rituals and create new ones. With masterful clinical and cultural sensitivity and inspiring inventiveness, they show us how, through ritual, we can give to our lives, to our loves, to our comings and goings, the experience of meaning that we need to feel healed, whole, and connected―coherent within ourselves, in union with others, in continuity with time past and future. (Richard Chasin, M.D., codirector, Family Institute of Cambridge; associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)