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Living systems have readily identifiable physical boundaries, consisting of skin, mucous membranes, the bark of trees and so forth. The boundaries of emotional and psychological systems are not visible in the same way, but they are equally important. They control emotional interchanges, closeness and joint actions. The boundary between one subsystem and another is characterized by restricted emotional interchange, compared with that between those individuals within the one subsystem. Similar considerations apply to the boundaries between systems and their suprasystems.

CPDs are of value in that they facilitate circular, rather than linear, thinking in the therapist, direct one’s attention to parts of a circular pattern which may not be immediately obvious and help the therapist choose the point at which to intervene (see the discussion below of punctuation). Linear thinking (see the next section) may present problems because it tends to mobilize feedforward mechanisms and may fail to make use of the constructive potential of negative feedback. Although cybernetics is a superficially attractive model to understand some of the phenomena we observe in families, its mechanistic outlook makes it far from adequate as a theory.

Normal family processes. New York: Guilford. Walsh, F. ). (1993). ). New York: Guilford. Walsh, F. ). (2012). ). New York: Guilford. Chapter 3 Some Basic Theoretical Concepts Every therapist needs a theory of change. This determines how one behaves in the therapy room with clients. As family therapy developed, it quickly became clear that it needed new conceptual underpinnings. Theories of how families function, how problems develop and how change in their functioning is promoted were needed. This is not to say that the psychological and biological make-up of individuals – their intelligence, personality, emotional states and defence mechanisms – are irrelevant.

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