David Reiss presents a new model of family interaction grounded in the subtle and complex way in which a family constructs its inner life and deals with the outside world. Based upon fifteen years of research, the book offers a new understanding of the covert processes that hold a family together and, with distressing frequency, pull it apart.
This is a beautifully written and significant book, a profound contribution to our understanding of the family… For every social scientist’s shelf.
This is a very important book, which should have a major influence not only on the field of family therapy, but psychiatry in general… [Reiss’s] experiments are ingenious, his observations are astute, his methodology sophisticated, his analyses complex but technically correct, his theoretical formulations precise and articulate, his discussion astute, and his logic persuasive.
This book is a most significant and original contribution. The research is exceptional in its conception, planning, and findings… Reiss’s scholarship is of astounding scope.
David Reiss is Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor at George Washington University Medical Center.