A Circle Unbroken

The hidden emotional patterns that shape our lives

Hugh Crago
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Crago shows we can control our lives only if we understand the powerful emotional forces which influence our behaviour

'Oh my God, I'm turning into my mother!'

Why do our personalities so stubbornly resist our efforts to change? Is it our genes, or the way we were brought up? Why do we ignore the eerie 'coincidences' which offer us insight into the patterned, predictable nature of our lives?

Rarely has anyone written with such eloquence about the dilemmas and choices we all face in our relationships. Hugh Crago deftly traces the unbroken circle of life and death, illuminating his account with lively personal touches, fresh insights into the personalities of famous figures and case studies of ordinary people. He argues that we can control our lives, but only when we understand the mysterious emotional patterns that link us with our parents, our partners and our children.

'A lucid and reassuring exploration of the cyclic nature of human life.Crago tells stories about our lives that I recognise.' - Patti Miller, author of Writing Your Life

'This book draws from a wide range of ideas to paint a fresh picture of the family's journey from the cradle in one generation to the grave in the next. Everyone, whether parent, student or expert, will find much that is new, interesting and helpful in this highly readable account.' - John Byng Hall, consultant child and family psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and author of Rewriting Family Scripts

Author bio:

Hugh Crago is a family therapist and has worked in Australia and the USA. He is editor of the Australia and New Zealand Family Therapy Journal and Director of Academic Programs at the Jansen Newman Institute in Sydney, a clinic and counsellor training facility.

Category: Psychology
ISBN: 9781864488135
Table Of Contents: Preface

1 The End and the Beginning

2 Born or Made? Nature and Nurture in Infancy

3 The Self is Born

4 Widening Horizons: Preschool to Puberty

5 Discovering Self and Sex: Adolescence

6 The Tide is High: Young Adulthood

7 The Maker and the Made: Marriage and Parenthood

8 The Middle of the Journey of Our Lives

9 Legacies: Midlife to Late Adulthood

10 Full Circle


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 1999
Page Extent: 232
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Psychology