Salvador Minuchin Dies at the Age of 96

Salvador Minuchin has died at the age of 96. He will be remembered as a provocative psychotherapist who specialized with teenagers. Through his studies, he was able to find out that problems facing teenagers stretch beyond their personalities to the way they relate to their families. Salvador Minuchin death was confirmed by Daniel Minuchin, his son who further said that his dad died from the complications of a heart disease. He died in his Boca Raton home in Florida. He will also be remembered for the role he played in determining the role of a therapist.

He practiced and carried out his research in New York City and Philadelphia. He did not believe in the traditional methods used in the therapy. These are methods that worked by offering the subject a lot of psyches. Instead, he decided to take another approach that involved the role of social environment in understanding the behavior of the patient. This is where he managed to emphasize the role of the family in the patient’s behaviors. He also transformed the passive listener role of a therapist to an inquisitive interventionist. This formed the basis for challenging most of the preconceptions that the patient talked about. A social work professor known as Sophie Freud termed the deceased as a rabbi or a magician. She said in a book that Salvador Minuchin used apologies, argues, praises, scorns and confronts to understand the patient. He also achieved this by using flatters, cajoles and even teases.

He was referred to as the founding father of family therapy by Paul L. Wachtel who works at the City College of New York. He will be remembered for bringing about the issue of psychosomatic families. With this study, the professor was able to determine how people in a family try to avoid conflict as much as possible. He referred to this characteristic as an ostensible civility that often resulted to build up of anger. For instance, Salvador Minuchin wrote in 1974 that a child might end up being anorexic because of the rifts between the parents. He emphasized the importance of bringing family conflicts in the open so that the people involved could understand where the problem was. At the same time, he said that blaming parents for their children psychosomatic disorders had no basis. Salvador Minuchin further said that the idea that there is a perfect family is a myth. Salvador Minuchin was the son of Russian immigrants. He was born and raised in Argentina.

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