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Titel: Mixed Feelings
Auflage: 1st Edition
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A fascinating, illuminating, and ground-breaking book, Francine Klagsbrun presents a lively, comprehensive exploration of the sibling bond and the indelible imprint the sibling experience leaves on our adult lives. Mixed Feelings delves into the love and resentment, the intimacy and anger, the admiration, jealousy, dependency, and guilt that evolves between siblings; the pressure points, from parental favoritism to family secrets such as alcoholism or sibling incest that create tension between brothers and sisters; and the lasting early sibling encounters have on our self-esteem, our relationships with lovers and spouses, our work, and our behavior toward our own children. Based on scrupulous research, more than 120 in-depth interviews, and the data from a meticulously designed survey, Mixed Feelings reveals truths that will leave you with new insights and new questions for yourself and your siblings. In portraying the experiences of dozens of brothers and sisters, Mixed Feelings becomes as engrossing as a novel. It is a landmark book, one that can help siblings find the common ground that will draw them closer together and help them stay that way.
FRANCINE KLAGSBRUN is the author of more than a dozen books on social and religious issues, including Jewish Days, Voices of Wisdom, and The Fourth Commandment, and was the editor of the bestselling Free to Be...You and Me. She is a columnist for The Jewish Week and Moment magazine and has contributed numerous articles to national publications. Among many awards, she holds an honorary doctorate degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She and her family live in New York City.
Francine Klagsbrun’s Mixed Feelings is a revealing excursion, as profound as it is provocative, into the perilous realm from which few are exempt: the primeval love and hate of siblings for each other. In family history after family history each one a mythic drama or novel-in-little Klagsbrun brings to brilliantly clarifying life the most fundamental stories of the human race. Is there a reader anywhere who will escape self-recognition in these wise and transfixing pages?”
—Cynthia Ozick, author of Metaphor and Memory
With the scholarship of a behavioral scientist, the craftsmanship of a novelist, the insight of a psychotherapist, and the love of a sister, Francine Klagsbrun explores and illuminates the multifarious facets of sibling relationships to fashion a rare jewel of understanding and utility. I recommend Mixed Feelings as required reading for those of us who are therapists or are in therapy, and for the rest of us who wish to understand more about how our relationships with our brothers and sisters have shaped our selves.”
—Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., chairman, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
In this book, as in her previous ones, Francine Klagsbrun has demonstrated again that erudition can be reconciled with sensitivity and pain with atonement.”
A sympathetic though not rigorously scientific exploration of adult sibling relationships, by Klagsbrun (Married People, 1985, etc.). Klagsbrun interviewed 122 men and women about their ties with their sibling or siblings. In each case, every sibling in a subject's family was interviewed, usually face to face and for four or five hours. Further data were gathered through a questionnaire given to 208 women and 64 men at three business firms in cities in the Northeast and Midwest--clearly not a random sample, but one that Klagsbrun believes represents a cross section of society. The territory she has chosen to explore includes relationships of same-sex and opposite-sex siblings; the special cases of twins, stepsibs, half-sibs, and adopted siblings; the effects of birth order and favoritism; the problems of incest and the illness and/or death of a sibling; and the impact of the sibling bond on other relationships. The vastness of the topic and the nature of the investigation make conclusions difficult, and Klagsbrun seems content to settle for life stories that readers may identify with and learn from. There are occasional references to studies of sibling relationships and allusions to fictional characters and to real-life prominent brothers or sisters, but the heart of the book consists of the disclosures Klagsbrun elicits in her skillfully conducted interviews. One man attributes his life of solitude and misery to the lasting shame of his older sister's sexual promiscuity; a middle-aged executive still fights for control over his gay- activist younger brother; two adult sisters strive to overcome the barrier of parental favoritism. Klagsbrun, who acknowledges the importance of the sibling bond in her own life, would clearly like to see reconciliations between siblings, and she offers her own thoughts on how to achieve this. Too broad to be deep, but sometimes illuminating and always engaging. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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