Striving toward a more accurate representation of women's psychological development, The Stone Center at Wellesley College has become well known for its exploration of women's ways of defining themselves in relation to others. This new collection builds on the foundations laid by the widely acclaimed Women's Growth In Connection to further describe the relational perspective, devoting special attention to the diversity of women's experience. Its 15 thoughtful and clearly written chapters offer fresh insights on vital issues including sexuality, shame, anger, depression, power relations between women, and women's experiences in therapy, and make engaging reading for anyone--female or male--interested in increasing connectedness at a personal and societal level.
Table of Contents
1. Relational Self: A New Perspective for Understanding Women's Development, Judith V. Jordan
2. Some Misconceptions and Reconceptions of a Relational Approach, Jean Baker Miller,
Judith V. Jordan, Alexandra G. Kaplan, Irene P. Stiver, and Janet L. Surrey
3. Clarity in Connection: Empathic Knowing, Desire, and Sexuality, Judith V. Jordan
4. Clinical Applications of the Stone Center Theoretical Approach to Minority Women
5. Racial Identity Development and Relational Theory: The Case of Black Women in White
Communities, Beverly Daniel Tatum
6. The Conundrum of Mutuality: A Lesbian Dialogue
7. Relational Development: Therapeutic Implications of Empathy and Shame, Judith V.
8. Psychosocial Barriers to Black Women's Career Development, Clevonne W. Turner
9. Building Connection Through Diversity, Cynthia Garcia Coll, Robin Cook-nobles, and
Janet L. Surrey
10. Revisioning Women's Anger: The Personal and the Global, Jean Baker Miller and Janet
11. From Depression to Sadness in Women's Psychotherapy, Irene P. Stiver and Jean Baker
12. The Integration of Sexuality: Lesbians and Their Mothers, Wendy B. Rosen
13. The Woman-Man Relationship: Impasses and Possibilities, Stephen J. Bergman and Janet
14. A Relational Approach to Therapeutic Impasses, Irene P. Stiver
15. Intimacy in Lesbian Relationships: A Critical Reexamination of Fusion, Julie Mencher
"Explores women in relation to their social environment, and their relationships as well as their inner lives....It is a veritable breath of fresh air and a necessary tool to effect change and growth for women."
"Brilliant and essential....Once again the work of the Stone Center gives us a more accurate and enriched view of women, charting provocative new directions."
-Harriet Lerner, PhD, Author of The Dance of Anger; Senior staff psychologist, Menninger Clinic
"A significant contribution to the psychological literature. This work advances the move toward more inclusive conceptualizations of women's psychologies, their relationships and their experiences.An excellent book for course adoption in graduate and undergraduate courses in women's studies."
-Beverly Greene, PhD, Professor of Psychology, St. John's University; Private Clinical Practice
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