Frank Pittman


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  • ''There are great advantages to seeing yourself as an accident created by amateur parents as they practiced. You then have been left in an imperfect state and the rest is up to you. Only the most pitifully inept child requires perfection from parents.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
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  • ''Each generation's job is to question what parents accept on faith, to explore possibilities, and adapt the last generation's system of values for a new age.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''Parents can make us distrust ourselves. To them, we seem always to be works-in-progress.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''Parents have subtle ways of humbling you, of reminding you of your origins, perhaps by showing up at the moment of your greatest glory and reminding you where you came from and demonstrating that you still have some of it between your toes.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''Parents have to get over the idea that their children belong just to them; children are a family affair.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''Family lore can be a bore, but only when you are hearing it, never when you are relating it to the ones who will be carrying it on for you. A family without a storyteller or two has no way to make sense out of their past and no way to get a sense of themselves.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychlolgy Today (November/December 1994).
  • ''Breaking free from the delicious security of mother love can be a painful rupture for either mother or son. Some boys can't do it. Some mothers can't let it happen because they know the boy is not ready to leave her; others are simply not ready to give up their sons.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).
  • ''When the masculine mystique is pulling boys and men out into the world to growl manly noises at one another, the only power with a stronger pull on the male psyche is maternally induced guilt. The guilt is quite necessary for our moral development, but it is often uncomfortable.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 7 (1993).
  • ''Fathering makes a man, whatever his standing in the eyes of the world, feel strong and good and important, just as he makes his child feel loved and valued.''
    Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12 (1993).

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