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Life Without Father

A Son Looks for Answers from a Stoic Parent Back from War

Frank Pittman • 2/7/2019

By Frank Pittman - Even though I knew I wanted to be a father when I grew up, I didn’t know exactly what skills were required. We of the ’40s and ’50s grew up with fathers who were off at war or at work, and who weren’t part of the family even when they were at home. We were essentially fatherless.

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Six Ways to Find Comedy in Even the Darkest Moments

Shaking Your Clients Loose from Their Tragic Stances

Frank Pittman • 4/4/2018

By Frank Pittman - Therapy, in order to shake people loose from their tragic stances and bounce them into the human comedy, is at its best when it is funny, when the tragic family story being acted out is rewritten to provide a happy ending. I urge therapists to keep these simple guidelines in mind as they go through their day.

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The Liberating Power of Honesty

What People Don't Know Can Hurt Them. What They Don't Reveal Can Hurt Even More

Frank Pittman • 11/23/2017

By Frank Pittman - When we therapists believe a secret's revelations would be dangerous, the client receives a frightening message about him- or herself and about the world. We may accept our patients and make psychodynamic, systemic or sociological excuses for them, while still conveying that their secret is unacceptable. Thus, while explicitly "supporting" them, we implicitly undermine their sense that they are fundamentally decent, acceptable people.

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Coping and Learning After a Client's Suicide

A Therapist Reflects on What He Might Have Done Differently

Frank Pittman • 9/7/2017

By Frank Pittman - I've been in full-time private practice for almost 30 years. In that time, three patients in my practice killed themselves. Each suicide has left me shell-shocked and questioning my therapeutic attitudes and methods. I did not expect Adam to be one of my casualties.

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Turns in the Road

Highlights from the Networker Journey

Mary Sykes Wylie, Dusty Miller, Esther Perel, Frank Pittman, Fred Wistow, Gary Greenberg, Katy Butler, Laura Markowitz, Molly Layton, Rich Simon, Ron Taffel • 1/1/2017

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of articles that have appeared in the Networker over the past four decades, we’ve chosen a small sampling that captures the magazine’s most journalistic side, conveying not so much the eternal verities of our profession, but the sense of reading a first draft of the field’s history. Among other things, you’ll find therapeutic methods that, as exciting as they seemed at the moment, didn’t stand the test of time as well as initial forays into discussing complex issues we’re still struggling with today. We’ve also added in a few examples of writing so immediate and compelling that they have an air of timelessness. Prepare yourself for an interesting journey.

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3/18/2013
Authors:
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
 
BETTY CARTER, MSW
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MOLLY LAYTON, PHD
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3/15/2013
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MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
DAVID TREADWAY, PH.D.
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
 
MARY PIPHER, PH.D.
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2/4/2013
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EMILY BROWN, LCSW
 
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LEO FAY, PHD
 
SHIRLEY GLASS, PHD
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Voices of Truth

Frank Pittman • 9/24/2009

By Frank Pittman - When TV finally came, in the early '50s, the world it brought into our living rooms was black and white, and dumbed way down. Newsmen now had faces, and, as eyewitnesses, we could now determine who had an honest face and who didn't. The most honest of the talking heads seemed to be the revered war correspondent Edward R. Murrow. Now the actor George Clooney has put together a reenactment of the public clash between Murrow and the rabid senator Joe McCarthy. It's called Good Night and Good Luck.

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Screening Room

Move Over, Meryl: Kate Winslet Ascends to Center Stage

Frank Pittman • 5/5/2009

What separates screen actors who remain enshrined in our memory from those who just momentarily catch our eye?

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Copyright:
3/18/2013
Authors:
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
RON TAFFEL, PH.D.
 
KENNETH V. HARDY, PH.D.
 
BETTY CARTER, MSW
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
MARY SYKES WYLIE, PHD
 
MOLLY LAYTON, PHD
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NRC095560
Copyright:
3/15/2013
Authors:
MARTHA STRAUS, PH.D.
 
CLOE MADANES, HDL, LIC
 
DAVID TREADWAY, PH.D.
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
LASCELLES BLACK, MSW, LMFT
 
MARY PIPHER, PH.D.
Product:
NRC095559
Copyright:
2/4/2013
Authors:
DON-DAVID LUSTERMAN, PHD
 
EMILY BROWN, LCSW
 
FRANK PITTMAN, MD
 
LEO FAY, PHD
 
SHIRLEY GLASS, PHD
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Life Without Father

A Son Looks for Answers from a Stoic Parent Back from War

Frank Pittman • 2/7/2019

By Frank Pittman - Even though I knew I wanted to be a father when I grew up, I didn’t know exactly what skills were required. We of the ’40s and ’50s grew up with fathers who were off at war or at work, and who weren’t part of the family even when they were at home. We were essentially fatherless.

Daily Blog

Six Ways to Find Comedy in Even the Darkest Moments

Shaking Your Clients Loose from Their Tragic Stances

Frank Pittman • 4/4/2018

By Frank Pittman - Therapy, in order to shake people loose from their tragic stances and bounce them into the human comedy, is at its best when it is funny, when the tragic family story being acted out is rewritten to provide a happy ending. I urge therapists to keep these simple guidelines in mind as they go through their day.

Daily Blog

The Liberating Power of Honesty

What People Don't Know Can Hurt Them. What They Don't Reveal Can Hurt Even More

Frank Pittman • 11/23/2017

By Frank Pittman - When we therapists believe a secret's revelations would be dangerous, the client receives a frightening message about him- or herself and about the world. We may accept our patients and make psychodynamic, systemic or sociological excuses for them, while still conveying that their secret is unacceptable. Thus, while explicitly "supporting" them, we implicitly undermine their sense that they are fundamentally decent, acceptable people.

Daily Blog

Coping and Learning After a Client's Suicide

A Therapist Reflects on What He Might Have Done Differently

Frank Pittman • 9/7/2017

By Frank Pittman - I've been in full-time private practice for almost 30 years. In that time, three patients in my practice killed themselves. Each suicide has left me shell-shocked and questioning my therapeutic attitudes and methods. I did not expect Adam to be one of my casualties.

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Screening Room

Play It Again, Denzel: Keeping Alive the Traditions of Yesterday's Stars

Frank Pittman • 1/1/2008

American Gangster, Michael Clayton, and 3:10 to Yuma. Our complex relationship with our screen idols is at the root of the Hollywood movie experience.

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Screening Room

Shut Up and Dance: Becoming Jane and Hairspray Evoke a Long Movie Tradition

Frank Pittman • 11/1/2007

Becoming Jane and Hairspray. Evoking a great movie tradition of the past, this summer, Fred and Ginger met both Jane Austen and the Linblad family.

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Screening Room

Hearts of Darkness: Finding the Courage to Walk Through the Shadows

Frank Pittman • 9/1/2007

A Mighty Heart, Away from Her, and Evening. It takes courage to live life, and to live with the life you chose.

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Screening Room

Getting a Life: Whose Story Are You Living Now?

Frank Pittman • 7/1/2007

As we go through our lifetime metamorphoses, we adapt to those whom we like and hate, envy and fear. We fall in and out of love, and emulate and identify with each aggressor and rescuer who comes our way. Some psychologically ambitious recent films have explored how people shape their identities around those whom they venerate or are obsessed by.

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Screening Room

War Is for Heroics: Three cultures try to locate meaning in mayhem

Frank Pittman • 5/1/2007

Dissecting the fantasy of heroism.

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Screening Room

Americocentricity: Babel and Borat force us to look beyond our culture

Frank Pittman • 3/1/2007

A new generation of filmmakers is taking us beyond the Americocentric world of mainstream cinema.

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Royal Flush

The Perils of Charisma

Frank Pittman • 1/1/2007

This fall, at a time when competent, sensible leadership seems in especially short supply around the globe, three films appeared almost simultaneously to explore the nature of both leadership and celebrity, especially their pitfalls.

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A Matter of Life and Death

When the Therapist Becomes the Survivor

Frank Pittman • 11/1/2000

I've been in full-time private practice for almost 30 years. I've seen maybe 10,000 families. In that time, three patients in my practice killed themselves. Strangely enough, the three suicides were eerily similar. Each suicide has left me shell-shocked and questioning my therapeutic attitudes and methods.

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Turning Tragedy into Comedy

Bearing All the Reality Life Has to Offer

Frank Pittman • 11/1/1995

A young man named Jeff, who was dying from cancer, was a patient of mine 30 years ago. His family cried and prayed over him and pretended he would recover, though they knew he knew better. I was initially called in to relieve Jeff's pain through hypnosis. That worked fine, but he was still lying in bed out of breath, bored, angry and resentful of the fact that his life was being cut short. He demanded to know why God was punishing him in this way.

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No Hiding Place

Understanding the Liberating Power of Honesty

Frank Pittman • 5/1/1993

What people don't know can hurt them—and what they don't reveal can hurt them even more. Secrets can destroy lives and relationships. When something is kept secret, it can grow in power and significance until it becomes the center of one's identity.


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Frank Pittman, M.D., is a contributing editor to The Family Therapy Networker and is in private practice.