emotional and physical barriers that protect and enhance the integrity of individuals, subsystems and families
Black Box concept-
The idea that the because the mind is so complex, it is better to study their input and output their behavior and communication then to speculate
The idea that actions are related through a series of recursive loops or repeating cycles
The reciprocity that is the defining feature of every relationship.
Based on differences that fit together the qualities of one make up for what lacks in the other, one is up while the other is down.
the science of feedback; how information, both positive and negative feedback loops can help self regulate a system.
What the families talk about
A conflict created when a person receives contradictory messages on different levels of abstraction in an important relationship and they can�t leave or comment.
Lidz's term for pathological overt marital conflict
Lidz's term for a marriage when one spouse dominates the other
Every message has two levels; report and command. It is the implied command or the qualifying message
The process by which a system changes its structure to adapt to new contexts.
the tendency of families to resist change to keep a steady state.
redundant behavioral patterns
process by which a system gets the information necessary to maintain a steady course. Can be negative or positive. Negative feedback- how far off the mark the system is straying and the corrections needed to get back on course. It signals the system to get back to baseline/ status quo. Positive feedback- information that confirms and reinforces the direction a system is taking.
General Systems Theory-
A biological model of living systems that maintain themselves through input and output from the environment.
The person identified by the family as the one with the symptoms.
a set of interrelated elements that exchange information with the environment.
A self contradictory statement based on valid deduction from acceptable premises.
Paradoxial injunction/ directive-
Technique used in strategic therapy where the therapist directs the family to continue their symptomatic behaviors . if they conform they admit control, if they rebel they give up their symptoms.
Pescribing the symptom-
a technique that forces the client to give up the symptom or admit that it is under voluntary control.
How the members of the family relate
Wynne's term for superficial bickering that masks pathological alignments in schizophrenic families
Wynnes term for the faade of family harmony that characterizes many schizophrenic families.
Quid pro quo-
something for something
Re-labeling a family's description of behavior to make it more open to therapeutic change
things patients or families do to interfere with the therapy process.