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In the ongoing drama of family life, children often assume, or are
assigned, roles based on their parents' unspoken needs, fears, or desires.
Drawing on classical myths, fairy tales, and the writings of R. D. Laing,
Freud, and other experts in family dynamics, as well as case studies of
her own patients, Joyce Block shows us how our childhood labels -- be it
the Family Brain, the Wild Child, the Ne'er-Do-Well, or the Prodigal Son
-- influence our behavior as adults. Block explores how and why our
families unconsciously construct identities for us, which then shape our
images of who we are and what we are destined to become.
From the Beauty
who can only find love with a Beast, to Pandora, whose life is steeped in
trouble, Block's portraits reveal the roots of our identities and offer
insights into how the" magical" spell can be broken. These personal myths
need not continue to limit our potential and cast a shadow over
relationships with our parents, mates, children, and friends. Family Myths
is an invaluable guide to breaking the spell that keeps us frozen in time
and to reviving the real self that is hibernating within.