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Ellyn Kaschak

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What Is Mental Illness and Who Has It?

Are mass murderers mentally ill? Are the white supremacist shooters mentally ill? The answer to this question rests on a foundation of observations and cultural assumptions. In reality, the term “mental illness” is an aspiration rather than a reality used…
Ellyn Kaschak
August 19, 2019
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Gender and Transgender

What is a woman? What is a man? I am among those psychologists and other professionals who introduced the use of the term “gender” into the lexicon of the social sciences 50 years ago—in my case and by those feminists…
Ellyn Kaschak
July 24, 2019
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What If You Can’t Forgive?

Sometimes, forgiveness seems impossible. You, someone close to you or that you loved has been abused, raped or even murdered. You are severely traumatized and are advised that forgiving the perpetrator will help you heal. Do you forgive them? What…
Ellyn Kaschak
July 1, 2019
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The Mattering Map: Confluence and Influence

Abstract This article describes and elaborates upon the theoretical model of the Mattering Map, initially introduced in Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women's Experience (Kaschak, 1992). This model organizes the principles of contextual feminist therapy in a manner that…
Ellyn Kaschak
June 13, 2019
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Feminist Approaches To Psychotherapy

Feminist psychotherapy came into existence in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a direct outgrowth of the second wave of the Women’s Liberation movement. Women in the United States and other Western countries had begun organizing consciousness-raising groups (Freeman,…
Ellyn Kaschak
June 12, 2019
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What Is Feminist Therapy?

Why has it developed and continued? Feminism is the simple belief that all people deserve to be considered equal in all realms. It is the perspective that we allow false beliefs about gender differences to divide us, and it is…
Ellyn Kaschak
May 22, 2019