We shall discuss one of the most frequent family processes leading to adolescent psychosis. As a direct consequence of the couple's hidden relational malaise, one of the two parents pseudo-privileges the child over the spouse and instrumentally brings him/her up as the opposite of the spouse in every way. The involuntary cheating about feelings ("imbroglio of affections") enhances the possibility of a psychotic breakdown.
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Mara Selvini Palazzoli, MD, received her MD from the UNiversity of Milan in 1941. She was Director of the New Center for Family Therapy in Milan, and also served on a number of editorial boards. The recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Family Therapy award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, she was the author or coauthor of five books, primarily on her approach to understanding and treating families.
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D in Clinical Psychology is currently Research Director of Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami (melissainstitute.org). He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. He was voted one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Latest books include "Roadmap to Resilience" (www.roadmaptoresilience.com) and "Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Personal and Professional Journey."