Daniel V. Papero, PhD, LCSW and Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA address some of the common misperceptions about this process of defining a self in the extended family. In particular they discuss such an effort when differentiation is the guiding principle. Dr. Papero highlights the importance of chronic anxiety. In the second portion of the tape they discuss the concept of cutoff and its integral relationship to the emotional system, differentiation of self, and anxiety. Mrs. Kerr talks about her study of cutoff in older persons and the way that led her to the relationship between cutoff and differentiation of self. Both discuss the subtleties of the process of cutoff and its effects.
1992. 60 min.
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