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Family Secrets - The Path from Shame to Healing Paperback – April 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
In the end, I have to say it is always best to check with one's conscience, and follow the path to the greatest peace, no matter if you face rejection or abandonment. Our personal health - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - trumps any other criteria. When we are TRUE to our deepest sense, then we are in a position to give the best help to others. This book is an oldie, but a goodie.
it helped me see the role I played in my family's dysfunction-
which I never realized.
so transformative for me in terms of recognizing that each generation
was a child of the one before them...and certain family systems were
well established without any of us realizing it by the time I was
raised and chose my mate and had a child.
offers hope in understanding and awareness. Most just see the person; maybe their
parents...not all their predecessors.
book is now "older" but still quite timely
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another winner from Jjohn Bradshaw. Highly recommend all of his booksPublished 14 days ago by Mr. Paul E. Boulet
Amongst the ridiculous dogma and mumbo jumbo is a few things that seem on. A few noodles stuck to the wall, but there is a huge mess in this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Duke Reginald
My husband has read several of Bradshaws books over the years and this was suggested by an acquaintance. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Angel