This Changes Everything

The Relational Revolution in Psychology

Christina Robb

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In 1977, Carol Gilligan published the essay "In a Different Voice" describing the discrepancy in morality and self-expression between men and women. In a radical break with the Freudian school that dominated psychology, Gilligan and her peers went on to identify relationships rather than the notion of "self" as the foundation of our psychological and physical states. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Christina Robb recounts the untold efforts of a pioneering group of psychologists--Carol Gilligan, Jean Baker Miller, and Judith Lewis Herman--whose groundbreaking work really did change everything.

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Chapter One

Difference I

One day, late in the fall of 1975, Carol Gilligan sat down at her dining room table with a pad of paper and wrote “In a Different Voice” at the top of the first page. She was a thirty-nine-year-old part-time assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, taking a year off to help settle her three sons in a new neighborhood. Later she said she started writing that day “for no reason.” She was speaking in exactly the same way that girls do when you ask them what they’ve been doing on the edge of the playground during recess while the boys have

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"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
 
"Robb describes theory without didacticism, disentangles misconceptions without condescension, and makes powerful political statements without rancor."--O, The Oprah Magazine
 
"Exciting . . . Robb's narrative makes a page-turner of a most unlikely story."--Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
 
"In This Changes Everything, Christina Robb . . . has recounted, in magnificent manner, the evolution of relational psychology and with it the transformation of contemporary psychological theory and practice."--The Boston Globe
 
"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. "--Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees

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Christina Robb

Christina Robb was a writer at the Boston Globe for more than twenty years. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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This Changes Everything
The Relational Revolution in Psychology
Christina Robb

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312426156
ISBN10: 0312426151
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 560 pages
$22.00
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