Family Constellations

A Practical Guide to Uncovering the Origins of Family Conflict

By Joy Manne; Bert Hellinger (Foreword by)
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556438325, 69pp.)

Publication Date: September 22, 2009

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Mapping out a “family constellation,” explains Dr. Joy Manné, encompasses exploring previous powerful life events from accidents to adoptions and accessing the deepest dynamics in that family system. This process helps us recognize and then resolve deeply seated family patterns. For example, in order to understand a person’s inability to trust, the family history of betrayal must be uncovered and released. These insights replace resentment with respect, pain with understanding.Dr. Manné uses the knowledge gained from her own practice as well as her educational experiences with Bert Hellinger, the founder of Family Constellations therapy, to clearly describe this technique. Most family constellation sessions are carried out in a group setting, with the facilitator first seeking clarity regarding the issue or problem the client has come to work out. Representatives are then chosen from among the group and the constellation is set up and worked in until it comes to resolution. This may be followed by a closing ritual and advice about how to integrate what the constellation has revealed. Through the use of real-life examples of family constellations, Dr. Manné makes this increasingly popular practice understandable and relatable.

About the Author
Joy Manne has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in Buddhist Psychology. She has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1965, and was taught by Dhiravamsa. She was trained in Spiritual Therapy by Hans Mensink and Tilke Platteel-Deur in Holland from 1986-1988. She had her own school of personal and spiritual development in Switzerland between 1989-1995. Joy is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-review internet journal < i> The Healing Breath: A Journal of Breathwork Practice, Psychology and Spirituality < /i> originally available through her own website and now through

Bert Hellinger is among Europe's most innovative and provocative healers and psychotherapists and is also a best-selling author. A former priest and a missionary to the Zulu in South Africa for 16 years, as well as an educator, psychoanalyst, body therapist, group dynamic therapist, and family therapist, he brings a lifetime of experience and wisdom to his work. Family Constellations, which have become the hallmark of Hellinger's approach, along with his observations about systemic entanglement and resolution, have touched the lives of thousands of people and have changed howmany helping professionals carry out their own work. In the gathering of powerful approaches from psychotherapy as well as other paradigms, he has created a uniquely compelling healing approach. He has learned specific tools from a variety of sources, but the overarching strength of his work comes from his refined skill of listening to the authority of one's own soul. This is not a guaranteed 'technique'; it is rather, according to Hellinger, the only real protection we have against the seduction of false authority. Seeing 'what is' as opposed to blindly accepting what is being said - no matter by whom - is the linchpin of this often difficult healingwork for individuals, groups, communities and cultures. Before taking to psychotherapy, Hellinger studied philosophy and theology in Germany. Subsequently, he obtained the University Education Diploma in South Africa where, for several years, he worked as a teacher and principal of a teachers' training college. Bert Hellinger has written 83 books, translations of which are available in 30 languages. His work is documented in CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks and eBooks.
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