Facing Invisible Dragons: An EastWest Discussion on Finding Meaning With a Sibling With Developmental Disability

Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown

Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown, interim Chair for the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, together with Dr. Betty Frain, had their scholarly article “Facing Invisible Dragons: An EastWest Discussion on Finding Meaning With a Sibling With Developmental Disability” published in the July issue of The Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Betty Frain
Dr. Betty Frain

Their research focused on interpersonal trauma between siblings caused by the existence of a developmental disability in the family and they reviewed families in China and the United States in order to create an opening for robust cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Their study found that Zhi Main, a form of indigenous Chinese and existential psychotherapy founded by Chinese psychologist Xuefu Wang, clears the way for siblings to face suffering and move through it to ultimately finding individual and relational healing.

From the abstract: “Through the courageous path of Zhi Mian, there is an opportunity for siblings to resist the temptation to flee and to choose an alternate path toward perceiving identity and finding meaning. Zhi Mian, facing life courageously and authentically, expands the horizons of consciousness, and opens the way to receive what the “wounded” child may offer a family and to how “relationship” may be understood in various ways.”

This article was part of the authors’ submission for their presentation at the Second International Conference on Existential Psychology in Shanghai, China.


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