Based on the public television series of the same name, Bradshaw On: The Family is John Bradshaw's seminal work on the dynamics of families that has sold more than a million copies since its original publication in 1988. Here, you will discover the cause of emotionally impaired families. You will learn how unhealthy rules of behavior are passed down from parents to children, and the destructive effect this process has on our society. Using the latest family research and recovery material in this new edition, Bradshaw also explores the individual in both a family setting and a societal setting. He shows you ways to escape the tyranny of family-reinforced behavior traps---from addiction and co-dependency to loss of will and denial---and demonstrates how to make conscious choices that will transform your life and the lives of your loved ones. He helps you heal yourself and then, using what you have learned, helps you heal your family. Finally, Bradshaw extends this idea to our society: by returning yourself and your family to emotional health, you can heal the world in which you live. He helps you reenvision societal conflicts from the perspective of a global family, and shares with you the power of deep democracy: how the choices you make every day can affect---and improve---your world.
©1988 John Bradshaw, Renewed 1996 by John Bradshaw (P)2011 Tantor
The book deals with sensitive emotional issues, which are steamrolled by the narrator's barbaric performance. The number of mispronounced words, additionally, is truly disturbing and profoundly distracts the listener from the content.
Good book and gifted therapist/author--wrong narrator!
Great book with a really awful narration, I really tried because I'm interested on the subject but couldn't listen to the end. Sounds like he's reading a tv comercial line rather than such a sensitive book.
really easy to read, written simply enough you don't have to be a psychologist to understand the information, this book had opened my eyes
This is a relative question. Yes, the print version would be helpful because there are lists and unless you're seated and listening, it's hard to catch all that content for future reference. However, I drive a lot and having the ability to listen means I cover material more quickly than I otherwise would be able.
Learning about shame and how it manifests itself in our behavior is shocking. Most families are using broken play books on life and damaging patterns are handed down from generation to generation.
I didn't love the narrator's performance.
As I continue self discovery, the content from this book will be very useful.
If this is your only Bradshaw listen, maybe you'll get what you need, but I much preferred Healing the Shame that Binds You and the shorter Homecoming. There are also some upsetting family stories in this, so it's pretty heavy subject matter and parts are hard to hear. I don't know if I necessarily needed to hear THAT many tough stories.
Had a more natural and less formal way of speaking.
I have listened to other John Bradshaw books and was excited about this one. However, Mr. Jones' narration leaves much to be desired. During the first hour I endured, I felt like he was shouting at me. During the second hour, I began to pick up on his lack of annunciation skills. Overall, I just can't stand to listen to any more of it.
Change the narrator, even have the author read his own work. After listening to other books by John Bradshaw, Alan Jones doesn't seem to have a feel for the cadence of Mr. Bradshaw's writing. His reading style is distracting and makes it difficult to understand the text.
Choose a different reader. Anyone.
Perhaps if I could have finished listening and didn't feel frustrated by the reading style after each stint.
Worth listening to and will listen again. I would recommend this book to high school students, their teachers and administrators.
While this book does have some interesting and valuable concepts, I was totally put off by the jarring performance of the narrator. He sounded like Microsoft Sam from 2003 trying to read a poorly formatted word document.
I also had a problem with the overall resolution of Bradshaw's work, as well as the way that he used himself as a primary reference. By the end I was eager to get it over with.
The only reason I would recommend this book to anyone is if they're interested in learning more about the ideas presented in the beginning chapters.
"Not for the faint minded"
You will learn bout yourself. Embrace the feeling that the book confronts in you. The're two exits from shame, One door leads to Humanity the great. The other leads to Humanity the lost. Those are my own terms. Do not (in my opinion) listen to this as an acedemic exercise as you will not feel the value.
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