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The Incredible Woman

Riet Bons-Storm

The Incredible Woman

Riet Bons-Storm

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Demonstrates how male theological and psychological categories form the reference points for pastoral care, often leading to silence from women in distress.

- Publisher When women attempt to tell their pastor or counselor about a problem, they often find they are not believed, are not taken seriously, and are misunderstood. Not infrequently, they are considered abnormal, neurotic, immoral, or even mad. Consequently, they become silent because they cannot find the right words to bridge the chasm of misunderstanding and make themselves heard. By incorporating several case studies, Riet Bons-Storm explores why this misunderstanding is possible in a profession in which pastors generally are trained to listen carefully. She suggests that the reason may be that pastors - particularly males - are seldom aware of the male bias in the dominant theological and psychological discourses that form the points of reference for their pastoral care and the subconscious image of "normal" women that these pastors have. After analyzing the discourses and these images, Professor Bons-Storm shows, in practice, how ways can be found to listen with a mind that is more open to the specificity of the marginal discourse of women who try to speak in their own voice and be understood. When mutual understanding occurs, it becomes possible to join forces, to alter specific situations of power imbalances between men and women, and to move in the direction of manifesting an abundant life for everybody in God's name.

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Demonstrates how male theological and psychological categories form the reference points for pastoral care, often leading to silence from women in distress.
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When women attempt to tell their pastor or counselor about a problem, they often find they are not believed, are not taken seriously, and are misunderstood. Not infrequently, they are considered abnormal, neurotic, immoral, or even mad. Consequently, they become silent because they cannot find the right words to bridge the chasm of misunderstanding and make themselves heard. By incorporating several case studies, Riet Bons-Storm explores why this misunderstanding is possible in a profession in which pastors generally are trained to listen carefully. She suggests that the reason may be that pastors - particularly males - are seldom aware of the male bias in the dominant theological and psychological discourses that form the points of reference for their pastoral care and the subconscious image of "normal" women that these pastors have. After analyzing the discourses and these images, Professor Bons-Storm shows, in practice, how ways can be found to listen with a mind that is more open to the specificity of the marginal discourse of women who try to speak in their own voice and be understood. When mutual understanding occurs, it becomes possible to join forces, to alter specific situations of power imbalances between men and women, and to move in the direction of manifesting an abundant life for everybody in God's name.
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  • Catalogue Code 214968
  • Product Code 068700652X
  • EAN 9780687006526
  • Pages 160
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Abingdon Press
  • Publication Date Sep 1996
  • Dimensions 230 x 154 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.282kg

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