Roger Gould


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Roger Gould is an American writer, psychiatrist and leading authority on adult psychological development.

In his book Transformations (ISBN 978-0671250669), Gould presents his view that adult psychological development consists of the “dismantling of the illusions of safety developed in childhood.” Gould’s theory suggests that these illusions are confronted in a time-sensitive sequence ... more »

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  • ''Deep inside us, we know what every family therapist knows: the problems between the parents become the problems within the children.''
    Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 2 (1978).
  • Over and over again, her own direct experience teaches a woman that when she does enough for herself, she feels better and better about her child. When she does too much for too long for her child, sh...
    Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 4, ch. 2 (1978).
  • Children are incurable romantics. Brimful of romance and tragedy, we whirl through childhood hopelessly in love with our parents. In our epic imagination, we love and are loved with a passion so natur...
    Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 1, ch. 1 (1978).
  • To brew up an adult, it seems that some leftover childhood must be mixed in; a little unfinished business from the past periodically intrudes on our adult life, confusing our relationships and disturb...
    Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 1 (1978).
  • Somewhere between the overly intrusive parent and the parent who forgets about us after we're out of the house is the ideally empathetic parent who recognizes the relativity of choice, the errors of h...
    Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 4, ch. 2 (1978).
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