Conflict and Psychological Development: Women in the Family

  • Jean Baker Miller
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Almost all family therapists have developed a concept that suggests that the family is “stuck” in one way or another. Most of their ideas revolve around the inability of families to move beyond a “pathological homeostasis,”1 to disrupt a family myth,2 to overcome a repetitive “double-bind” communication system,3 to break out of a “pseudomutuality,”4 to relinquish the recycling of ”shared fantasies and projective identifications,”5 and the like.


Psychological Development Woman Patient Differential Factor Total Society Social Congruence 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Baker Miller
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Stone Center for Developmental Studies and ServicesWellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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