My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives

Author(s) : Michael J. Diamond

My Father Before Me: How Fathers and Sons Influence Each Other Throughout Their Lives

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For decades, mothers were thought to be the only real influence on a child. Now we recognise that the father's involvement also has a profound impact but how sons affect their fathers is too often overlooked. In "My Father Before Me", Michael J. Diamond establishes fatherhood as an essential event for both the son's and the father's development. With chapters analysing the father/son relationship throughout the life cycle and demonstrating the powerful influence between them, Diamond calls for a more inclusive notion of masculinity, thus allowing men to access parts of themselves they previously ignored. He argues that sons are largely responsible for helping their fathers embrace this more flexible notion of manhood, making them better partners and better parents. Diamond has written an important book that enables us to make sense of the question of what it means to be a man.

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Michael J. Diamond, PhD, is training and supervising analyst and faculty member, Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies; faculty member, Wright Institute, Los Angeles; and associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles. His major publications are on psychoanalytic technique, psychoanalytic gender theory, treatment of early trauma and dissociation, and fathering and masculinity.

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Harrison Gibeault on 03/02/2014 05:22:59

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The best book yet on the father-son relationship. Diamond presents a psychoanalytically-informed understand of the complex dynamics in an understandable and reader-friendly way augmented by clinical vignettes, literary illustrations, and well-established empirical findings. I recommend this beautifully written book without hesitation.

Phyllis Rubin on 10/05/2007

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I was deeply moved by this book both as a mental health professional and as a mother. In conveying complex ideas in an interesting and straightforward way without jargon, this book will be helpful to fathers and mothers (and their sons) as well as to more psychoanalytically oriented clinicians.

Jeremy Stockton on 08/05/2007

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A scholary and yet easy to read book that delineates the nuances of the father-son relationship throughout the life cycle, the reciprocal impact each has on the other, as well as the essential facets of male development from a psychoanalytic perspective. A highly recommended read!

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