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The older brother had always been the family "black sheep," never having married and never having established anything for himself. The youngest brother was the most successful member of her family financially, and Mrs. Island's father had lavished most of his attention and money on him. " The main theme in the mother's discussion of her family was a conspiracy between her sister and father against her. She was convinced that her sister had told their father that the Islands were well off and needed no 42 THE EXPERIENCE WITH THE FAMILIES financial help, but that she, Bertha, did.
His remarks seemed to slide off the parents' backs, and they would reply to him gently. He did not sustain this attack but would get his point across angrily and then withdraw somewhat until another point arose to excite him. On the return of Therapist B, the discussion focused on what could be done for Cass, and revealed the fact that she had refused individual therapy. There was also great hesitancy about hospitalizing her again, even though the family recognized that her previous hospitalization had done her some good while she was in the hospital.
Later on Harvey attacked his father's passivity, claiming that his father's role in the family was that of a passive negativist who could do nothing constructive, and giving numerous examples of his father's refusal to seize the initiative on any problem. There was something provocative and enormously frustrating in his denial in the face of overwhelming evidence. It was interesting that no one in the family substantiated Harvey. While not disputing the facts, Mrs. Island defended her husband and tried to change the subject.