"Christina's Robb's admiring book about relational psychology presents feminist ideas about self-making as revolutions in psychological theory and practice. Relational psychology is identified with the work of Carol Gilligan, Jean Baker Miller, and Judith Herman, and Robb describes their research on girls and clinical work with women as dramatic departures from sexist traditions that equated humanity with masculinity and science with soulless inquiry . . . Robb's description of the three pioneers is informative . . . She offers biographical sketches and mines extensive interviews to make sense of the lives out of which relational psychology emerged."—Ellen Herman, Women's Review of Books"Christina Robb turns up the volume on a few quiet women who discovered the missing link between feminist politics and female reality. Their contribution to relational psychology really did 'change everything'—and Robb paints an exciting portrait of this paradigm shift."—Jennifer Baumgardner, co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future"This Changes Everything provides a long overdue service to three remarkable women whose contributions to our collective understanding of gender, politics, and psychology are truly immeasurable. Like many, much of my work is founded on these women's insights so it was wonderful to learn about their experiences as educators both inside and outside of their fields of expertise."—Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees"It is deliciously appropriate that in reading this fascinating account about relational psychology, you will become intimately connected with the psychologists who developed the field. This Changes Everything movingly and absorbingly describes their struggle to legitimate an entirely new, out-of-the-box way of thinking about human beings. Their work is nothing short of revolutionary: It has had an undeniable impact on politics, feminism, human rights movements, and, of course, personal relationships—literally changing people's lives. You will learn not only the history of relational psychology but about the very things you need to know to make and sustain fruitful human connections."—Leora Tanenbaum, author of Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation and Catfight: Rivalries Among Women—From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room"At last we have an erudite and exciting history of the pioneers of relational psychology. Robb's narrative makes a page turner of a most unlikely story—a group of feminist academics who changed the world one research paper at a time."—Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
Christina Robb was a writer at the Boston Globe for more than twenty years. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.