Semantic Polarities and Psychopathologies in the Family by Valeria Ugazio
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Even if you don't agree with it, I can guarantee this book will offer you a different, intriguing, possibly liberating way of thinking about everyone you know, every family – above all your own family, yourself.
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The gap between psychotherapeutic practice and clinical theory is ever widening. Therapists still don’t know what role interpersonal relations play in the development of the most common psychopathologies. Valeria Ugazio bridges this gap by examining phobias, obsessive-compulsions, eating disorders, and depression in the context of the family, using an intersubjective approach to personality. Her concept of “semantic polarities” gives a groundbreaking perspective to the construction of meaning in the family and other interpersonal contexts. At no point is theory left in the wasteland of abstraction. The concreteness of the many case studies recounted, and examples taken from well-known novels, will allow readers to immediately connect the topics discussed with their own experience.

 

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Valeria Ugazio, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Coordinator of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate program at the University of Bergamo, Italy, and the Scientific Director of the European Institute of Systemic-relational Therapies.
 
Published August 21, 2013 by Routledge. 346 pages
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Reviewed by Tim Parks on Jun 19 2013

Even if you don't agree with it, I can guarantee this book will offer you a different, intriguing, possibly liberating way of thinking about everyone you know, every family – above all your own family, yourself.

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