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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Bradshaw Narrator: Alan Bomar Jones Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781452673530
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2014

    " Quite good and eye opening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 2/1/2014

    " This book has some good ideas and insights, and I definitely learned something from it. But it is so poorly written and organized, and after a while the end-of-chapter summaries made me want to vomit. Bradshaw also comes across as both hokey and arrogant. I'm glad I read it, but as I was reading it I thought, "there must be something better written on this subject." If I find that something, I'll post it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Familia de Leaperville | 1/29/2014

    " If you can get past the wordplay and mnemonic formulae, this book is powerful. Bradshaw directs us to apply systems theory to families, and view family systems as complex, interdependent networks. Wish there was a more recent version, the "revised" edition is from 1996. Definitely look for the most recent edition as Bradshaw has tweaked some of his original theories from the 1980's to keep them current with later psychological research. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karena | 1/27/2014

    " Offers profound and powerful insight into systems theory at play within every family dynamic. Will add dimension for those with already quite a lot of self and other awareness in their family, and can serve as a great initiative in reflection for those who have not yet explored the terrain of their family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan | 1/24/2014

    " I found myself being so depressed halfway through this book i threw it away. Good job on research and theory but once we find out why we are the way we are (by choice mostly because we can always change how we think feel and act) what's his solution on fixing the problems? Maybe if I finished the book I would have his answer but I felt so much better after getting rid of it. Sorry John. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maribel | 1/22/2014

    " This book took me a long time to read because it is so heavy emotionally and psychologically. Lots of god information about the root of dis-ease that all of us feel at some point if not all the time as we go about life. Very depressing at first yet the concluding chapters are full of great counsel that will definitely help anyone who is willing to work at dispelling the myths and ego defense in their thinking, and behavior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 1/19/2014

    " Pop Psych, and boring at that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fallon | 1/15/2014

    " Very involved and insightful. I appreciated the material wholeheartedly, minus the religious undertones, which threw me off guard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Spevak | 1/12/2014

    " I found this very helpful in developing my understanding of the dysfunctional family dynamic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soaringspirit | 1/7/2014

    " Helped me and my family, highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/29/2013

    " This book makes you think about family dynamics in a whole new way. He helps the reader to see the family roles we all play and how those roles serve the family. Reading this will reshape the way you look at your family, the family as a unit, and yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/20/2013

    " A lot of this was focused more on families with an alcoholic, which, though I feel it is important, it is something that shouldn't have been focused on this much for a book that is supposed to be about "The Family". I suppose since the author's father was an alcoholic, this could be expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/29/2013

    " Anything by Bradshaw is life giving! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherie Benoit | 3/29/2013

    " My therapy book. hard to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/18/2012

    " Bradshaw is a great speaker but unfortunately writes the say way he speaks. He has a lot of good to say in this book and it is worth the read, but it can feel a bit too crammed. He also elevates the inner child too high for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Gardner | 11/24/2012

    " I learned so much about family dynamics and what a healthy family can be. LOVED IT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 9/6/2012

    " I'd like to read the revised edition to see what he changed. Otherwise, the book helps you to face what was/is possibly wrong in your family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/29/2012

    " Excellent understanding of family dysfunction. Helps one to understand why they are the way they are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cliff | 5/25/2012

    " So you think you came from a good family and everything was fine? Really?? If you have the balls to evaluate what REALLY happened, feel free. Otherwise, I have NEVER met anyone, EVER, who isn't in denial for massive bullshit that they pretend didn't happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 5/11/2012

    " Bradshaw makes some very good points about family structure, secrets and the overall disfunctioon of the family as a whole. I suggest this book be read with an open mind and the realization that NO family is perfect. But it can get better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 4/29/2012

    " Like all of his books, this one was highly technical but incredibly insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/4/2011

    " Should be required reading for anyone who grew up in a family, whether 'dysfunctional' or not.... eye-opening and life-changing. Terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur "AJ" | 11/5/2011

    " This book in combination with Bradshaw on the Family (a 13 part Public Radio presentation) can cut through much of the fog of growing up in a dysfunctional family. I watch the TV series about once every 5 years because I forget things from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Adamson | 10/14/2011

    " Although I don't like the inner child theroy, I think this book was well written and gave some great examples that may help families dealing with difficulty and pain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/30/2011

    " Great book. I have heard of Bradshaw for years, but never read his books. This is a great starting point as it was his start of helping all of us learn more about our families and the roles we play in them. Very insightful and groundbreaking for its time, but still relevant for today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 7/10/2011

    " Excellent understanding of family dysfunction. Helps one to understand why they are the way they are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cherie | 5/11/2011

    " My therapy book. hard to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/16/2010

    " This book makes you think about family dynamics in a whole new way. He helps the reader to see the family roles we all play and how those roles serve the family. Reading this will reshape the way you look at your family, the family as a unit, and yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 9/13/2010

    " Pop Psych, and boring at that "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur "AJ" | 7/4/2010

    " This book in combination with Bradshaw on the Family (a 13 part Public Radio presentation) can cut through much of the fog of growing up in a dysfunctional family. I watch the TV series about once every 5 years because I forget things from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 4/16/2010

    " I learned so much about family dynamics and what a healthy family can be. LOVED IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soaringspirit | 10/21/2009

    " Helped me and my family, highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 6/20/2009

    " I found this very helpful in developing my understanding of the dysfunctional family dynamic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/21/2008

    " Should be required reading for anyone who grew up in a family, whether 'dysfunctional' or not.... eye-opening and life-changing. Terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fallon | 7/31/2008

    " Very involved and insightful. I appreciated the material wholeheartedly, minus the religious undertones, which threw me off guard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/20/2008

    " Although I don't like the inner child theroy, I think this book was well written and gave some great examples that may help families dealing with difficulty and pain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 5/10/2008

    " I'd like to read the revised edition to see what he changed. Otherwise, the book helps you to face what was/is possibly wrong in your family. "

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About the Author

John Bradshaw has been at the forefront of the self-help and recovery field for more than twenty years. Born in Houston, Texas, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and continued his studies at Rice University and the University of Santa Monica. He has helped millions of people improve their lives through his ongoing lecture series, his four nationally broadcast public television series, and his bestselling books, which include Healing the Shame that Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, Family Secrets, and Reclaiming Virtue. In 1991 Bradshaw was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for his series Bradshaw On: Homecoming.

About the Narrator

Alan Bomar Jones is an actor and audiobook narrator. He is an award-winning resident artist with the Human Race Theatre Company of Dayton, Ohio, and with the American Stage Theatre Company of St. Petersburg, Florida, and has lent his deep baritone voice to audiobooks such as Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. Jones and his wife, Becky, live in Dayton, Ohio.