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Growing Yourself Up : How to bring your best to all of life's relationships - Jenny Brown

Growing Yourself Up

How to bring your best to all of life's relationships

Paperback Published: 1st November 2017
ISBN: 9781925335194
Number Of Pages: 296

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In this 2nd edition of the bestselling book, author Jenny Brown examines how our self-awareness and maturity and built by our relationships, and that it’s not necessarily the comfortable relationships that promote personal growth.

You will see how to help others without fostering dependency, and how to determine what kind of help you or others want from therapists. Drawing from Bowen family systems theory, Growing Yourself Up takes you on a journey through each stage of life to see predictable patterns of relationships and to show how to use this knowledge to make purposeful adjustments in yourself; as well as lending a mature helping hand to others.

The result is a sturdier self, sturdier relationships and a refreshing new way to view life’s challenges and opportunities.

About the Author

Jenny Brown is the founder and executive director of the Family Systems Institute and the Family Systems Practice in Sydney, Australia, where she has a counselling practice and trains mental health professionals and organizations. Jenny has a Ph.D. in Social Science from the University of New South Wales.

She has trained and earned academic awards at the University of Sydney and Columbia University, New York. Additionally, Jenny has completed many years of postgraduate education in systems approaches to counselling at Relationships Australia, Sydney; the Family Institute of Westchester, New York; and the Tavistock and Portman in London. Jenny lives in Sydney with her husband (and cocker spaniel) and enjoys the richness of her important relationships, in particular as a wife, mother to adult children and grandmother.

Introduction Who's willing to work at growing up?

Part 1: Understanding the relationship foundations of adult maturity 1. Becoming a self in our relationships 2. Real maturity or pretend maturity 3. Family ties that bind

Part 2: Maturity for the first half of adult life 4. Leaving home and growing up 5. The single young adult 6. How marriage can grow people 7. Sex for grown-ups 8. Grown-up parenting

Part 3: Being a grown-up beyond family 9. Off to work we go 10. Developing mature beliefs

Part 4: Nurturing maturity in the face of set backs 11. Separation and divorce 12. Symptoms and setbacks

Part 5: Maturity enhancement in the second half of life 13. Midlife 14. Ageing well 15. Old age and facing death

Part 6: Broadening the focus 16. The grown-up helper 17. Society and self


Appendix 1: Summary questions for reflection Appendix 2: Mature connection and separateness Appendix 3: What are guiding principles? Appendix 4: Differentiation of self as a continuum Appendix 5: How to construct your family diagram Appendix 6: An overview of human development across the lifespan from a Bowen family systems perspective Appendix 7: Some Biblical reflections on relationships

Notes Bibliography and further reading Acknowledgements Index

ISBN: 9781925335194
ISBN-10: 1925335194
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st November 2017
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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