By Fredric Eldon Rabinowitz

Rabinowitz and Cochran combine wisdom of male gender position sociali zation with psychodynamic, existential, and experiential theories to c reate an efficient method of treatment that balances the effect of mal e tradition with each one clientFs person mental heritage. The met hods and interventions provided during this booklet will reconnect distracted, fearful, violent, and frozen males to emotional locations they've got lengthy f orgotten. The authors supply an abundance of case dialogues illustrat ing those ideas in perform.

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This learning, which is intimately intertwined with the separation-individuation process, creates conflict for the developing boy as he navigates his early experiences of attachment and separation and the inevitable loss experiences that accompany these processes. Excessive emphasis on disavowal of loss and grief may result in a compromised capacity for mourning that will affect later experiences of loss and grief. One outcome of this learning about loss, sadness, and grief is that psychological growth for boys and men will often be played out in issues of grief and loss.

Mahler’s separation-individuation theory has mainly confirmed the propositions of the British object relations theorists. , Mahler, Pine, & Bergman, 1975) have outlined the important stages an infant must negotiate in the development of a healthy sense of self. Like the British object relations theorists, Mahler described the infant’s initial dependence on the mother. She used the terms autistic and symbiotic to characterize what is thought to be the nature of the child’s inner self and object representations at this early stage of development.

These formative relational templates are transmitted by the mother and the father, who each have developed their own unique, idiosyncratic notions about the meaning of gender that are derived from their own individual development. Chodorow (1978) analyzed the implications of women’s mothering for the development of gender identity in boys and girls. She emphasized the interpersonal transmission of cultural values pertaining to gender in the context of the maternal relationship: The different length and quality of the pre-oedipal period in boys and girls are rooted in women’s mothering, specifically in the fact that a mother is of the same gender as her daughter and of a different gender from her son.

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