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He demonstrates the value of testing out theoretical or alternative metaphors - other lenses - to provide new perspectives and a fresh means of gaining clarity. If family therapy is like a camera through which clients are able to view their lives, then the treatment method used by clinicians could be considered the lens, offering different ways of seeing.

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This book is about "family systems theory," not about "metaphors. The author traces the historical development of family systems theory which is the cornerstone of the revolutionary family thherapy paradigms developed in the 50s and flourished in the 70s and 80s. Howerver, paradigms do change. A newer and more radical "narrative" paradigm is replacing the old family systems framework that is gradually dominating the family therapy field

The author shows how an understanding of standard theoretical metaphors can help clinicians and students identify hidden assumptions.

Significant in this regard is Professor Rosenblatt's new book Metaphors of Family Systems Theory.

Metaphors of Family Systems Theory: Toward New Constructions. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Reclaiming feminist theory, method, and praxis for family studies Feminist ideas and practices challenge family scholars and practitioners to break with the status quo of conceptualizing families apart from history, context, power, and inclusivity. Indeed, feminism has revolutionized the way gender in families is conceptualized, evolving from concepts of sex roles to gender roles to gender perspectives to intersectionality.

The author shows how a deeper understanding of standard theoretical metaphors-and the development of alternatives-can help clinicians and students identify hidden assumptions, incorporate perspectives that may otherwise have been overlooked, and forge creative new meanings in clinical practice.

Responsibility: Paul C. Published: New York : Guilford Press, 1997. LCC : HQ734 DDC : 30. 5 LCSH : Family LCSH : System theory LCSH : Family psychotherapy. Subject: Family; Family psychotherapy; System theory.

If family therapy is like a camera through which clients are able to view their lives, then the treatment method used by clinicians could be considered the lens, offering different ways of seeing. In Metaphors of Family Systems Theory, Paul C. Rosenblatt explores the metaphors of family systems theory that form the conceptual foundation - the lens - of a great deal of therapy, research, theory, education, and policy making in the family field. He demonstrates the value of testing out theoretical or alternative metaphors - other lenses - to provide new perspectives and a fresh means of gaining clarity.The literature that informs family therapy is rich with striking accounts of how therapeutic metaphors have helped to move families into healthier, energizing, freeing, and more satisfying relationships, yet little attention has been devoted to the development of alternative theoretical metaphors. This innovative new work investigates the uses and limitations of the standard metaphors of family systems theory. Perhaps more important, it also provides the means to generate alternative theoretical metaphors to stimulate new thinking about family systems.Rosenblatt asserts that the capacity to recognize metaphors will enable clinicians and clients to identify biases, hidden implications, and reification, as well as what may have been overlooked. He shows the way this ability also helps us to organize and remember information, and to better appreciate the multilayeredness of "reality."Initial chapters define metaphor and discuss family systems theory, as well as the uses and limitations of standard therapeutic metaphors. The chapters examine the notion of the family as an entity, the metaphor of "system," and the major systemic metaphors. Rosenblatt extends his analysis to the idea of family boundary and to the closely related metaphors of family subsystem, family boundary permeability, and family boundary ambiguity. He also analyzes the metaphors of family structure, systems control, family rules, and negative and positive feedback.Later chapters apply these ideas to the metaphors of communication, therapeutic goals, the therapist in the system, and family response to intervention. Rosenblatt Illustrates new insights with a variety of experience-based metaphors and presents strategies for the evaluation and development of new theoretical metaphors for family systems.Unique and innovative, this book offers a fresh perspective for anyone working with metaphors of family systems theory. Of special interest to family therapists, family researchers, social workers, and other mental health professionals working in the family field, it is especially useful as a text for courses in family systems theory, theories of family therapy, and theory construction.

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Runeterror
The last reviewer missed the whole point. This book is about "family systems theory," not about "metaphors." The author traces the historical development of family systems theory which is the cornerstone of the revolutionary family thherapy paradigms developed in the 50s and flourished in the 70s and 80s. Howerver, paradigms do change. A newer and more radical "narrative" paradigm is replacing the old family systems framework that is gradually dominating the family therapy field. Anyone interested can go read White & Epston's "Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends" (1990, W. W. Norton) for details. The Rosenblatt's book was written in mid 90s, and the field then was just starting to embrace the narrative approaches. This book took on the seldom taken step to trace and re-examine the theoretical background that governed the family therapy field, and found several distinguishable "metaphors" (or more clearly to say "dominant discourses") that lie behind the writings of early family therapy gurus. Though not a easy read, this book provides a bridge and reflective space for those start to criticize the hegemony of family therapy movement. The readers are advised to have some preliminary understanding of family therapy and systems concepts in advance. Though the author is not obviously favorable to narrative therapy in the writings, he has provided a important stepping stone for those who want to shift from systems thinking to narrative thinking. Contrary to the last reviewer, I think this book should stay on all die-hard family systems therapists's bookshelves!
Dibei
Paul Rosenblatt, Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota has written an exhaustive analysis of the metaphors of family systems theory.

According to Oxford's English Dictionary, a metaphor is defined as "the figure of speech in which a name or descriptive term is transferred to some object different from, but analogous to, that to which it is properly applicable..." Rosenblatt starts out with metaphors that we discussed in class, for example, the family is a river, or the family is a house (pp. 42-47). The river metaphor fits; families are likened unto it since, like a river, families are always changing, both in content, and in direction. Every metaphor, while shedding light and meaning onto that to which it is compared, at the same time, some portion of meaning is obscured, and in pointing that out, Rosenblatt makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of families.

Continuing with the river metaphor, families are not like rivers in that a river can be concretely traced to its sources. Over time, families' sources are lost, for our roots go back into the untraceable mists of time. In drawing our attention both to how metaphors shed light, and how they obscure meaning, Rosenblatt sensitizes us to metaphoric limitation and in some sense, metaphoric obfuscation.

For whatever reason, however, Rosenblatt takes the notion of metaphor, stretching its meaning to the point that it is practically unrecognizable when compared with the Oxford definition. Intuitively, we "get" how a family can be likened unto a river, or a house, or a tapestry, or many other things. But a metaphor of listening (chapter 7)? Of communication pathology (p. 171)? These are not metaphors. One wonders if the appropriate application of "metaphor" was so limited in terms of legitimate content that the author found it necessary to pad his work in order to make it publishable. Appropriate discussion of metaphor was so skinny, and inappropriate use so long-winded, the book ended up being tedious and extremely difficult to complete. This is definitely a one-shot read; this volume will undoubtedly find its way to a used bookstore in the not-too-distant future.
Kanrad
The book I received is in very good condition - no pen or highlighter markings, no torn or missing pages, etc. - but it is not what I'd call a good read. I ordered this book because it's a required text for one of my first-year graduate courses in marriage and family therapy, but I'm finding it to be one of the most dry, boring books I've ever had to push myself through. My undergraduate degree in mass communication trained me to write for the reader, which is to say that writings should be comprehensible and concise. I find that this book is not written that way. Instead, it bogs the reader down with a lot of long-winded explanations and citations from other books. The information it contains is relevant and sometimes interesting, but I feel it could have been presented in a more straight-forward fashion.
Maman
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Metaphors of Family Systems Theory: Toward New Constructions download epub
Psychology & Counseling
Author: Rosenblatt
ISBN: 0898623227
Category: Health, Fitness & Dieting
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Language: English
Publisher: Guilford Publications (November 30, 1993)