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This Changes Everything: The Relational Revolution in Psychology

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In 1977, Carol Gilligan published the essay "In a Different Voice" describing the discrepancy in morality and self-expression between men and women. In a radical break with the Freudian school that dominated psychology, Gilligan and her peers went on to identify relationships rather than the notion of "self" as the foundation of our psychological and physical states. Pulit...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Picador (first published 2006)
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Kevin Makice
Aug 20, 2007 Kevin Makice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: feminists
The entire history of relational psychology is surprisingly dense but well-written. This book describes the experiences and path to insight for the major players in the development of relational-cultural theory. It has a deep bibliography and notes section, but the power is how it humanizes the history of this way of thinking. I wish the long chapters had been broken down into smaller chunks. At times it is difficult to keep track of the changes in focus.
Anna
This book gave me goose bumps and made me all teary eyed with emotion. In other words, it was amazing. I am still reeling.

It's the history of the "relational-cultural theory" in psychology. In layman's terms, that was the movement to bring the female perspective into the study of psychology, beginning in the 1970s (in Boston!).

For example, (young, white) men (in Western cultures) are taught that strong relationships are a weakness, and that the path to psychological grow leads you away from al...more
William
Oct 28, 2008 William rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I am biased regarding the author, and I learned more than I can say about relational theory from this book even though I had read many of the authors whose stories are told and whose theories are analyzed.
Angela
Powerful. Helps one critically evaluate important paradigms in which we live.
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