A Group-Analytic Exploration of the Sibling Matrix: How Siblings Shape our Lives

1st Edition

Val Parker

Routledge
November 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9780367375843 - CAT# K442928

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Summary

Siblings play a vital part in our lives, yet their impact is frequently underestimated. A Group-Analytic Perspective on How Siblings Shape Our Lives offers a fresh group analytic approach to siblings, recognising how these relationships are embedded in the framework of the family and how sibling experiences shape our lives, influencing relationships with partners, friends, and colleagues, and affecting how we take our place in groups and in society.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One focuses on the sibling life cycle, exploring how these relationships shift and change throughout life according to context and circumstances. In Part Two, Parker uses clinical examples to consider how therapists working with individuals and groups might expand their thinking to incorporate the sibling matrix. The final part investigates how the sibling matrix manifests in organisational life and considers how we might develop mutuality and cooperation in our universal sibling matrix.

Drawing on the author’s wealth of experience as a clinician, the book incorporates compelling personal stories and clinical examples to bring to life the realities and nuances, the good and bad, the healthy and supportive, and also the potentially damaging aspects of sibling relationships. Accessibly written, this is a rich and rewarding invitation to reflect on our own experience, whether as clinicians, researchers, or as members of our own sibling matrix.

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