Rules of Estrangement: Why Adult Children Cut Ties & How to Heal the Conflict

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About the Author
Joshua Coleman, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice and Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. A frequent guest on NPR and Today, his advice has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Chicago Tribune and other publications. A popular conference speaker, he has given talks to the faculties at Harvard, the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry and other academic institutions. Dr. Coleman is co-editor with historian Stephanie Coontz of seven online volumes of Unconventional Wisdom: News You Can Use a compendium of noteworthy research on the contemporary family. He is the father of three adult children, has a teenage grandson and lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also writes music for television which has appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Lethal Weapon, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Longmire, Shameless, RuPaul's Drag Race, and many other shows.
"Finally, here's a hopeful, comprehensive, and compassionate guide to navigating one of the most painful experiences for parents and their adult children alike. Rules of Estrangement candidly addresses parental estrangement from every conceivable angle, steering readers away from shame and blame to a place of newfound understanding and empowerment. I've seen many parents and adult children grappling with these issues, and this is exactly the book they have all been waiting for. I will be recommending it widely."--Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

"A very thoughtful book filled with great wisdom and care. Over Dr. Coleman's years of practice, as well as his own personal journey, he has developed a deep appreciation for how to help parents see their relationship with their children through the child's eyes. It is through that process of compassionate perspective taking that a healing conversation can begin."--Amy J. L. Baker, PhD, author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome

"Coleman addresses what historians see as a strange paradox: Even as more adult children view their parents as friends rather than mere obligations, psychologists report seeing a wave of parents who have been rejected by their adult children. Coleman explores the socioeconomic and cultural changes that inflate both our expectations and our disappointments in family life, offering calming advice on ways that estranged families can recover or move on."--Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

"With the authority and wisdom that comes from both a firm grounding in history, sociology, and, especially, clinical practice, Joshua Coleman provides compassionate and useful advice to parents and their adult children as they try to navigate the minefield of past family experience. His work with families is engaging, informative, exceedingly helpful."--Frank Furstenberg, Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

"Rules of Estrangement is a must-read guide for any parent in a troubled relationship with their adult child. But it is also so much more--a sharp social and philosophical analysis of what it means to be part of a family in our strange cultural moment and a road map for parents everywhere to strengthen and future-proof their relationships with their children."--Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious

"Joshua Coleman has provided a beautifully written book that describes painful disruptions in relationships between parents and their adult children. His wise and authoritative strategies and specific tips will prove to be essential for both younger and older generations and for clinicians who attempt to foster hope and relationship repair."--Carolyn and Philip Cowan, emeritus psychology professors at UC Berkeley

"I have, for many years, recommended people to go see Dr. Coleman, but until I read this book, I don't think I ever knew the extraordinary range of his gifts. Yes, there are many sad stories in this book--but there are also fantastic stories of reconciliation and personal renewal. It's inspirational."--Pepper Schwartz, PhD, sociologist and psychology expert on Married at First Sight