Metaphors of Family Systems Theory
Toward New Constructions
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This work probes the language of family systems therapy, demonstrating how metaphors shape our understanding both of families themselves and of the goals and processes of therapy. The author shows how a deeper understanding of standard theoretical metaphors and the development of alternatives can help clinicians and students identify hidden assumptions, incorporate perspectives that may otherwise be overlooked, and forge creative meanings in clinical practice.
Table of Contents
Metaphors and theory; the metaphor of the family as an entity; the metaphor of the family as a system; metaphors of family boundaries; metaphors of family structure; metaphors of system control; metaphors of communication in family systems; metaphors of family systems therapy; multiple theoretical metaphors and multiple realities.