The Secret Life of Families: Making Decisions about Secrets: When Keeping Secrets Can Harm You, When Keeping Secrets Can Heal You--And How to Know (Paperback)

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Secrets come in all shapes and sizes. And for families as well as individuals, they are built on a complex web of shifting motives and emotions. But today, when personal revelations are posted on the Internet or sensationalized on afternoon talk shows, we risk losing touch with how important secrets are--how they are used and abused, their power to harm and heal.

In this important work, Evan Imber-Black explores the nature of secrets, helping us understand:

The distinction between healthy privacy and toxic secrecy
What to tell--and not to tell--young children
How to safely confront a family "zone of silence"
Why adolescents need to have some secrets--and where to draw the line
The effect of "official" secrets, like sealed adoption records and medical testing
What to consider before revealing an important secret
And much more

Filled with moving first-person stories, The Secret Life of Families provides perspective on some of today's most sensitive personal and social issues. Giving voice to our deepest fears and to our power to overcome them, this is a book that will be talked about for years to come.

About the Author

Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D., is the Editor of Family Process, the leading scholarly journal in Family Therapy; and Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY. She is a senior faculty member and Director of the Center for Families and Health at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, where she also has her private practice in Couple and Family Therapy. She is the author of 3 books and the editor of 2 books.

Praise For…

"A must-read book--daring, compassionate, timely, and eminently useful."
--Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Deception

"What a pleasure!...Wise and discerning."
--Donald A. Bloch, M.D., Past President, American Family Therapy Academy

"[A] powerful, groundbreaking book...Brave, compelling, and important."
--Terrence Real, author of I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553375527
ISBN-10: 0553375520
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Date: August 30th, 1999
Pages: 336
Language: English