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8. Family relationships.part 1

Rules and information processing subsystems and

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Unformatted text preview: examples of overt and covert rules? and Information Processing • Subsystems and Boundaries FAMILY RULES • Its members behave in an organized, repetitive pattern of interactions with one another • Each person’s behavior within the family is related to and dependent on the behavior of all the other members EXAMPLE A family is rule-governed system • rules help maintain s tability and functionability - • W: I wish you would dress better, I’d like you to pay more attention to your clothes. Why don’t you take your Christmas bonus and buy yourself a new suit? • H: I just cant spend money on myself when you and the children need so many things. • W: But we want you to have something, too. • H: I just can’t put myself first. covert ruleshusband is provider -doesnt spend money o n himself, prioritizes, -controls the money, d ecides where it goes, -wife can talk about h usbands appearance, i ts acceptable mental health - when s omeone gets sick can s hift the family - FAMILY HOMEOSTASIS • • DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES • OPTIMALLY FUNCTIONING FAMILIES • Positive attitude • Expect interactions with each other to be caring, open, empathetic, and trusting • Basic respect for one’s own views and those of othersallows for honestly in agreement and disagreement openess and u nderstanding, empathy, caring and t rust -openness comes o pportunity for o pinions -people can function apart and together -direct expression of emotion -hidden emotions l eads to dysfu...
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