The Psychological Benefits Of Our Thanksgiving Rituals Essay

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This paper explores a discussion about the Psychological Benefits of Our Thanksgiving Rituals. Four experts in the field of psychology, who specialized in family traditions, convened in a roundtable discussion about what ritual means in the subject of Thanksgiving. The four psychologists who were involved in this discussion are: First is Anne Fishel, an associate clinical professor of psychology and author of the book “Home for dinner”, Second is Janine Roberts, a family therapist, a professor emerita of family therapy at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and author of (Family Routines and Rituals), Third is Barbara Flese, psychologist and author of (Family Routines and Rituals), and Lastly Bill Doherty, professor of family social science from The University of Minnesota. This article was written originally for The Conversation, which is a newsletter online that provides informed news analysis and commentary that can be read and republished. Published on November 24, 2015. This particular articles was republished in U.S. News World Report. In this paper, I examine the discussion between the four psychologists and critique the different views of thanksgiving rituals and how it benefits psychologically. The Psychological Benefits of Our Thanksgiving Rituals According to the book “Ritual for Our Times” which was co-authored by Janine Roberts, All human cultures across time have created rituals, bringing family members together to celebrate, welcome, honor, or mourn.

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