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Becoming Good Parents
An Existential Journey
Becoming Good Parents
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Mufid James Hannush - Author
SUNY series, Alternatives in Psychology
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Hardcover - 182 pages
Release Date: August 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5461-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5461-9

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Paperback - 182 pages
Release Date: July 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5462-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5462-6

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Argues that our struggle to become good parents can help us to become good persons.

Becoming Good Parents
goes beyond a psychological understanding of parenting to include a deeper explication of the philosophical (moral) and existential (spiritual) dimensions of parenting. It counters the contemporary notion that parents can be satisfied with simply being "good enough" in their parenting practices, which encourages a sense of complacency. Through everyday examples, illustrative use of Harper Lee's moral novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and a reinterpretation of the theoretical viewpoints of psychologists Erik Erikson, Heinz Kohut, and Rollo May, along with philosophers Iris Murdoch and Michael Gelven, the author argues that the struggle toward perfection (goodness) is a natural human impulse. Parenting provides an optimal context for the practice of character refinement, which can potentially contribute to the psychological and spiritual growth of both parents and children. Ultimately, the book demonstrates that by becoming good parents, we become good persons.

"The book draws richly on several theoretical and philosophical perspectives, integrates the best of them in a coherent manner, and then illumines the business of parenting in plausible and concrete ways. There is something gentle, modest, and kind about the writing and its tone that seems fully congruent with the author's stated values of compassion, humility, and the like." - Frank C. Richardson, coauthor of Re-envisioning Psychology: Ethics and Values in Modern Practice

"Hannush's treatment of Erikson and May represents an advance in our understanding of these two prominent thinkers. Far from merely being an exposé of Erikson and May (in the chapters within which Hannush takes up their thought), this book provides the reader with the interpretation of a master of their ideas. It is like listening to Chopin performed by Rubenstein. Hannush performing Erikson and Hannush performing May is something that anyone familiar with their ideas can truly appreciate: it renders them wonderfully clear in ways that one had not quite thought of before." - Scott Churchill, University of Dallas

Mufid James Hannush is Associate Professor of Psychology and Chairperson of the Social Sciences Division at Rosemont College.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Growth in Parenting

2. Parenting as Care

3. The Moral Dimension of Parenting

4. Parenting as an Existential Life Project

5. Empowerment in Parenting

6. Parenting and the Life of the Spirit

Appendix
The Story of To Kill a Mockingbird Revisited

Notes

References

Name Index

Subject Index



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