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Toward a New Psychology of Women Paperback – April 2, 1987
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A major contribution, by the author, is her recognition of the roles of dominants and subordinates. This phenomenon appears in almost all aspects of our lives. People in either role learn, the important concept is to understand what they learn. Jean Baker Miller focused on the role of men and women as they fulfill this dominant, subordinate relationship and the learning that stems from these roles.
When I read her book it was like I was standing in front of a full-length mirror that reflected a picture of my emotional state. I was able to see that my emotional state was half empty. My feminine qualities had been forced from my being, and I was unhappily overrun by my masculine self. Her book allowed me a map from which to start to reintegrate the feminine into my being. It allowed me to cry for the isolation of my masculine self and welcome the strength of my feminine. The reflections I received helped me rearrange my values to allow myself to be both empathetic and strong. In one sense it allowed me to understand my own intelligence. I defined my intelligence as the energy created by the unbroken path between my heart and mind. Intelligence is the product of this synergistic connection. When this connection is blocked or broken my intelligence is not in force.
My work with leaders in organizations is strongly influenced by the discoveries I made will reading this book. I hope you take the time to reflect on these difficult, but crucial issues.
The Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis wrote of this book, "Should be read and re-read again and again because of its monumental importance." The Boston Globe wrote, "This small book may do more to suggest the range and scope of female possibilities than anything since Women's Suffrage." The New York Times book review told readers, "It may help to change your life, not without risk, but without despair." I concur with all of these reviewers.
Jean Baker Miller and the writers from the Stone Center have made tremendous contributions to our understanding of the growth and development of women. Other highly recommended related works includeWomen's Growth in Connection: Writings from the Stone Center and Women's Growth in Diversity: More Writings from the Stone Center.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the psychology of women; essential reading for all psychotherapists.
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Excellent read! Would be very helpful for those studying psychology, and for women/race/gender studies in particular.Published 6 months ago by Lilough
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Learning to come to grips with your "authentic self" before embarking on relationships - very important,. Find out who you are first.Published on May 24, 2013 by Johanna T Ierna
I discovered this book in the index of a college of Women Studies in the United States. I much needed read for women of all ages; An intelligent guidance to understand women's... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Monika
Had already read parts of this book many years ago, my clinical psychologist recommended it to me. Everyone should read it.Published on January 10, 2013 by Aucklander