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No More Monkeys Jumping On This Bed: Few Psych Meds Coming Our Way

June 16, 2013 by


There’s nothing wrong with the size of the field. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in four adults in America suffers from a diagnosable mental order in any given year. And there’s not been much to complain about the profitability of the field in past years either. Take 2009: Next Generation […]

All in the Family: The Genie in the Genogram

January 21, 2012 by


As some of the past posts have shown (take the post on triangles, for example), utilizing the genogram within the family systems approach often has significant explanatory powers for why a person finds him or herself stuck within current relational patterns. But it can do more than that, too, I believe, if we use it to […]

The Triangle–What It Looks Like In Family Life

January 16, 2012 by


Molly is a difficult [in my more honest moments I think of her as nearly tyrannical] early adolescent, who makes her mother’s life a horror. She picks on Mom’s clothes, her hairstyle–the way she chews her toast in the morning. It seems little escapes Molly’s critical eye, despite the fact that her mother Marge has […]

All In the Family: The Triangle–In Theory

January 15, 2012 by


As you may have noticed from that genogram on the first post, family systems therapists are into shapes. A line, a squiggle, a square with an ‘X’ through it–these make our days. But the fundamental unit of relationship is that beautiful, potentially-pythagorean shape: the triangle. Of course, you might argue, isn’t the fundamental unit of […]

All in the Family: The Identified Patient

January 11, 2012 by


“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” You only had to make it through the first chapter [first line, to be honest] of Anna Karenina to find this out–and there will be no quizzes assessing your knowledge of the novel after, so you’re home free now. Despite Tolstoy’s […]

All in the Family: “There’s Triangles All Over the Sky”

January 8, 2012 by


So triangles are fascinating enough when viewed as entities in themselves, say between Molly, Marge and Mark, or Sara Delano and Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and much work can be done in breaking up triangulated relationships with a good family systems therapist. But in my mind triangles even further earn their keep when you can […]

“All in the Family”

January 6, 2012 by


Consider yourself not just the run-of-the-mill linear thinker? Maybe even dabbled in learning to read some Asian languages? Well–ever seen anything like this before?: (see Mary Daly et al’s “Exploring Family Relationships in Cancer Risk Counseling Using the Genogram” for this example) My guess is, unless you’re a family systems therapist, this just might be something […]


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