Virginia Satir


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Virginia Satir (26 June 1916 – 10 September 1988) was an American author and psychotherapist, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her work with Systemic Constellations. She is widely regarded as the "Mother of Family Therapy" Her most well-known books are Conjoint Family Therapy, 1964, Peoplemaking, 1972, and The New Peoplemaking, 1988.

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  • ''The recommended daily requirement for hugs is: four per day for survival, eight per day for maintenance, and twelve per day for growth.''
    Virginia Satir (20th century), U.S. family therapist and author. As quoted in The Winning Family, ch. 16, by Louise Hart (1987).
  • ''Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don't realize what messages they are sending.''
    Virginia Satir (20th century), U.S. family therapist and author. As quoted in The Winning Family, ch. 16, by Louise Hart (1987).
  • ''What lingers from the parent's individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.''
    Virginia Satir (20th century), U.S. family therapist and author. As quoted in The Winning Family, by Louise Hart, ch. 16 (1987).
  • Put together all the existing families and you have society. It is as simple as that. Whatever kind of training took place in the individual family will be reflected in the kind of society that these ...
    Virginia Satir (20th century), U.S. family therapist and author. The New Peoplemaking, ch. 24 (1988).
  • ''Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.''
    Virginia Satir (20th century), U.S. family therapist and author. The New Peoplemaking (1988).
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