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Can You Keep a Secret?

A Story of How One Therapist Changed Her Mind About Keeping Secrets

Evan Imber-Black • 8/19/2019

By Evan Imber-Black - Decades ago, a family walked into one therapist's office and utterly destroyed her beliefs about keeping secrets.

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Ghosts in the Therapy Room

The Systematic Impact of Family Secrets

Evan Imber-Black • 5/1/1993

When I was trained as a family therapist in the early 1970s, nobody taught me much about secrets, beyond a handful of caveats. But secrets can grow like weeds through the generations, sending unexpected tendrils into every corner of a family's life. They shape not only relationships, but inner lives.

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Can You Keep a Secret?

A Story of How One Therapist Changed Her Mind About Keeping Secrets

Evan Imber-Black • 8/19/2019

By Evan Imber-Black - Decades ago, a family walked into one therapist's office and utterly destroyed her beliefs about keeping secrets.

Daily Blog
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Ghosts in the Therapy Room

The Systematic Impact of Family Secrets

Evan Imber-Black • 5/1/1993

When I was trained as a family therapist in the early 1970s, nobody taught me much about secrets, beyond a handful of caveats. But secrets can grow like weeds through the generations, sending unexpected tendrils into every corner of a family's life. They shape not only relationships, but inner lives.

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Evan Imber-Black, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Families and Health and a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.She has authored and edited several books, including Families and Larger Systems (Guilford); Rituals in Families and Family Therapy, Revised Edition (edited with Janine Roberts & Richard Whiting - W.W. Norton); Rituals for Our Times (written with Janine Roberts - Jason Aronson); and Secrets in Families and Family Therapy (W.W. Norton); The Secret Life of Families (Bantam).