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Understanding the Family as a System. . .and Other Theories HPER F258 Marriage and Family Interaction
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Family as a state of mind The internal family system The family that we carry within ourselves, the “inner voices” that influence our decision making. The influences and modeling, for better or worse, that we have grown up with--this stays with us and impacts much of the way we behave in the world.
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Family as a system “The map is not the territory . . . The name is not the thing named. " __ Korzybski (1942) What do you think this statement means?
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Wholeness To understand the family, it is necessary to look at it in its entirety – not just at one or some parts.
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Living Systems and Reductionism Reductionism Any organized entity is composed of smaller parts and the entity can be understood by reducing it to its smallest part. Living systems are nonreductionistic . Family systems are living systems.
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Definitions of systems Definition 1:
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