The Healing Connection

How Women Form Relationships in Therapy and in Life


In The Healing Connection, Jean Baker Miller, M.D., author of the best-selling Toward a New Psychology of Women, and Irene Stiver, Ph.D., argue that relationships are the integral source of psychological health. In so doing they offer a new understanding of human development that points a way to change in all of our institutions-work, community, school, and family-and is sure to transform lives.
  • Beacon Press; April 2015
  • ISBN 9780807039663
  • Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Healing Connection
  • Author: Jean Baker Miller
  • Imprint: Beacon Press

In The Press

Miller and Stiver give us a soaring new vision of what matters most in our lives-authentic and mutually enhancing relationships. . . .This is a wise and wonderful book about the deepest and most precious longings that we humans experience. --Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

"The Healing Connection is a welcome and long overdue synthesis and integration of the brilliant thinking of Jean Baker Miller, Irene Stiver and their colleagues at the Stone Center. . . . This book presents a quietly revolutionary shift in the basic theory of human development. . . . A fitting capstone to [the] brilliant and revolutionary [Toward a New Psychology of Women]." -Alice C. Lawler, Ph.D., Contemporary Psychology Journal

"How we form and sustain intimate relationships through crises, frailties, betrayals, deep disagreements and long arid stretches. . . . A useful lens through which to view our atomistic culture and the therapeutic process." --Martha Manning, New York Times Book Review

"Wonderfully readable . . . Miller and her colleague Irene Stiver (both legendary therapists and supervisors) have added chapter and verse documenting the importance of connection for women. . . . But whether you're a man or a woman, reading this book is almost as special as finding a really great therapist." --Alan Stone, M.D., Psychiatric Times

"A gem. . . . Pick up this very readable volume, and treat yourself to a book that is important to us, our patients, and the future of our society." --Marsha Pravder Mirkin, Ph.D., Journal of Feminist Family Therapy

About The Author

Jean Baker Miller, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and founding director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, a division of the Stone Center at Wellesley College.

Irene Pierce Stiver, Ph.D., is director emerita of the psychology department at McLean Hospital, lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.