The Electric Blanket Syndrome

Karofsky, Peter S.; Keith, David V.
April 1981
Clinical Pediatrics;Apr1981, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p279
Academic Journal
One pattern of dysfunctional family interaction is described as a syndrome. Four case historieis are presented in which different family members take polar positions on various continua. In one instance the continuum is oral communication, with garrulousness on one side and silence on the other. Another continuum is family responsibility, where one member of the family takes total responsibility and another takes almost none. The symbolic continuum is an electric blanket with hot at one extreme and cold at the other. In all cases, family therapy was performed by a pediatrician. Guidelines are discussed for treatment and for appropriate consultation with mental-health professionals.


Related Articles

  • It's a mad, mad, mad world. Schwarzbaum, Lisa // Entertainment Weekly;6/2/95, Issue 277, p36 

    Discusses how dysfunctional relationships have been used as entertainment throughout history. How entertainment based on flawed human beings can be pleasurably voyeuristic; How watching people with major problems makes us feel better about our own lives; How this trend has accelerated in the...

  • Agony column. Kurtz, Irma // Cosmopolitan;Apr95, Vol. 218 Issue 4, p58 

    Presents answers to queries on relationship problems in everyday life. Sexual activity; Friendship; Family frictions.

  • Speech Is a Social Force. Auer, J. Jeffery // Education Digest;Feb1961, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p23 

    This article discusses the use of speech as a social force. Speech becomes a powerful social force, by means of which man interprets, controls, modifies, or adapts to his environment. It major functions include transmitting information, motivating action, and strengthening human relations....

  • High Infidelity. Leavitt, Caroline // New York;4/30/2007, Vol. 40 Issue 15, p60 

    This article describes the author's experience of being in a deteriorating marriage. Several interpersonal relationships are impacted by infidelity and various breaches of confidence. A friendship that begins amiably is deeply affected by family loyalties that take precedent over a long standing...

  • Cleaning out your relationships: friends, family and loved ones. Cox, Elena // Pipe Dream;5/10/2010, Vol. 77 Issue 25, p13 

    The article offers tips and suggestions on how to clean out relationships with friends, family, and loved ones which include deciding who to keep as friends, establishing boundaries at home, and reevaluating relationships.

  • THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE IN COMMUNICATIVE ENCOUNTERS. Newman, Helen M. // Communication Quarterly;Spring1982, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p142 

    The interplay between intrapersonal and interpersonal communication is highlighted through an exploration of the conditions under which people experience silences in conversation to be discomforting. Preliminary experimental findings indicated that conversations between acquaintances were...

  • From the Discipline of Social Psychology. Ness, Ordean G.; Callaghan, J. Calvin // Today's Speech;Nov1955, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p29 

    This article focuses on the discipline of Social Psychology. Social psychology offers much which appeals to a student of speech. It is a discipline which tries to posit an integrated analysis of what happens in social interaction and why it happens that way in that situation. As has been the...

  • Eight Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd. Marcus, Charles // Skin, Inc.;Jul2005, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p24 

    Presents ways to distinguish oneself from the crowd in order to reap professional and personal rewards. Importance of interacting with return clients and building relationships; Impact of failure to respond to messages; Need to pay attention when speaking to people.

  • The multimodal mechanics of collaborative unit construction in Japanese conversation. Iwasaki, Shimako // Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2007, p1 

    Shifting attention from transitions between speakers at the turn boundaries, this paper examines mutual orientation inside a turn to illuminate how participants operate on the unfolding talk and employ multimodal resources to create an interactive turn space collaboratively shaped by multiple...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics