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Child addresses the hierarchy and parental subsystem

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child, addresses the hierarchy and parental subsystem and sibling subsystem and explains his point of view. Minuchin also does this thing where he encourages and uplifts the families strengths, emphasizes in the Q & A after the avoidance of labeling a family as dysfunctional. Minuchin explores the labels that the individuals have placed on themselves and then in the end, reframes those labels, and gives them new roles that positive and focused on changing the system not the individual and allowing that change to be their idea, not his. Minuchin has Jeff and family use an enactment to discuss the conflict with Jeff and his chores. Brings in other members who are “observers” as Minuchin calls them. Minuchin does this thing where he says, hey you guys are good, what ’s the problem. Then the mom starts to explain, how she feels like, things are not good, so she starts to explain her own disfunction. How she creates drama so that Bob will leave her because of her poor self esteem. She basically says her homeostasis is conflict and chaos. The boundaries in the family seem enmeshed, very weak, especially between Jeff and the mom. But as I watched the interaction with the mom and dad, their boundaries seemed to be dis - tant and disengaged. But overall as a system they appear to be enmeshed, as they talk over each other, interrupt each other, Systemic Dynamics: The Spouses are not together in subsystem.
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Mom and identified patient are entangled, mother undermines father, she gains weight, kid gains weight, couples fights are around the kid. Jeff and mothers relationship has no boundaries It was apparent that the parental hierarchy was insufficient.
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