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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and excellent book, 8 Aug 2009
A. White (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Trauma, Bonding & Family Constellations: Healing Injuries of the Soul (Paperback)
The book describes how the effects of trauma are transmitted across generations, such that the ultimate root of a client's problem may lie in their grandparent's generation or even earlier.

The author distinguishes various levels of trauma (for example, major accident; mother's death at an early age; mother unable to bond with her child; incest or infanticide.) He describes how the effects can be passed on through the bonding process. From his own experience as a therapist, he describes the traumas in earlier generations which he has observed as commonly behind various types of problem which the client presents, and how these traumas can make sense of apparently "crazy" feelings and behaviours in later generations.

Ruppert argues convincingly that resolution of the client's problem is only fully possible by including the earlier trauma, and is greatly facilitated by such inclusion, through the mechanism of family constellation therapy.

This book will be of great interest to professionals working with trauma and with cross-generational processes such as family constellation. Its insights will perhaps have most practical use for family constellation therapists. However, the book stops short of being a manual in "how to do constellations differently;" I certainly hope that such a second volume is in process. Nevertheless, in my view, for constellation therapists this readable, rich, interesting and insightful book is a compelling must-read.
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