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Cain's Legacy


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Jeanne Safer, Ph.D., has been a psychotherapist for thirty-eight years. She is the author of The Normal One, Death Benefits, Beyond Motherhood, and Forgiving and Not Forgiving. She appears frequently on television and radio and lectures widely. She has written for O: The Oprah Magazine,More, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She lives in New York City.


Kirkus Reviews "An important contribution to the self-help bookshelf." Reeve Lindbergh, author of Forward From Here and Under a Wing "Cain's Legacy is a compelling, deeply intelligent book about a subject all too often avoided: how destructive relationships between siblings can be, how much a bad sibling relationship can hurt us long after our childhood years are over, and what can be done to acknowledge and repair the damage. Dr. Jeanne Safer has made another courageous, illuminating journey into the dark places of family life." Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, author of The Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss "In Cain's Legacy, Jeanne Safer goes where at least a third of Americans fear to tread--to their troubled and seemingly intransigent relationships with their adult siblings. Safer makes the powerful argument that our brothers and sisters have a profound influence on who we are--even when we appear to be disconnected. For siblings in strife to make peace with the past, and even forge a new present, requires clear-eyed plumbing of the nature of the connection, says Safer. Cain's Legacy shows you how." Douglas Mock, George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, and author of More Than Kin and Less Than Kind: The Evolution of Human Conflict "In Cain's Legacy Jeanne Safer unravels the complex emotional dynamics of human sibling relationships. And I'm glad she does--while most of us make a hash of our dealings with sibs, it helps to know that others are muddling through these issues as well. Her insights on family social tensions help us to understand the incomprehensible." New York Journal of Books "Psychotherapist Jeanne Safer's Cain's Legacy is highly recommended for those who want to think about siblings in a new way, as well as get critical insights into the area of sibling strife, its causes, and potential remedies. Dr. Safer digs deep into the world of sibling strife and makes this complex, emotionally charged area accessible to the reader through exceptional organization and conceptual clarity." Winnipeg Free Press "Cain's Legacy is an engaging albeit sometimes disturbing exploration of the complex lives of human siblings... For those suffering troubled relationships with brothers and sisters, Cain's Legacy may open a door to understanding why and just perhaps the path to reconciliation."

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