Seeing Through Tears: Crying and Attachment

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Psychology Press, 2005 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 241 pages
It would be the rare human being who has not, at many times, both cried and acted as a shoulder for someone else's sorrows. However, few people encounter tears in a professional setting as often as psychotherapists, counsellors, and others in the field of mental health. Crying, Care giving and Connection presents a comprehensive treatment of crying forms and situations, from children to adults, client to therapist, in-session and out-of-session, while developing an attachment-based theory of crying as not driven simply by emotional needs, but by a fundamental desire for connection. Though written primarily for the mental health practitioner, the book would also be appropriate for many other health care professionals, educators, students, parents, and anyone interested in the topic of crying.
 

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Contents

The Circle of Tears
15
Protest Despair and Detachment
29
Crying at the Source
43
Crying Is for Broken Legs and Lost Friends
61
Crying Lessons and Caregiving Responses
81
The Clinical Assessment of Crying and Caregiving
99
Symptomatic Adult Crying and Inhibited Crying
117
Tears as Body Language
133
Relationship
151
How Therapists Deal With Crying and Caregiving
173
Beyond the Personal
193
Notes
219
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Judith Kay Nelson Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, teacher and writer. She has written extensively about crying and attachment and has lectured on this topic to professional and general audiences in the United States and Europe. She teaches clinical theory at the California Institute for Clinical Social Work and maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California.

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