Humberto Maturana combined auto (meaning self) with poiesis (meaning creation) to describe the "autonomous processes that characterize living sysmtes."
Biopyschosocial systems approach
The physician George Engle (1977) developed this approach to viewing the necessary relationship between a person's health and that person's mental and social condition (mind-body connection).
An epistemological paradigm. Constructivists view knowlege as actively constructed by the individual, and although not denying an ontological reality, "deny" the human experiencer the possibility of acquiring a "true representation" of reality (von Glasersfield, 1988).
Bateson believed that no part of a system could have unilateral _______ of that system. Haley viewed the issue of _____ (and power) as central to understanding family dynamics, and therapy as the struggle for control of the relationship. Issues of _____ and power are also very important to femminist thinking and narrative therapy, because both models view inequities of control and power as embedded within political, economic, ethnic, sexual, cultural, and gendered contexts.
Coined by Norbert Weiner. The science of communication and control in man and machine. Patterns of organization (or systems) maintain stability and control through levels of feedback.
Double bind theory
Bateson. Communication that seemed to provoke characteristics of schizophrenizia. Necessary components:
1. Two or more people, one of whom is designated as the "victim."
2. The double bind is a recurring theme in the experience of the victim.
3. The victim is caught in a situation where the other person is sending contradictory or incongreutn messages that are both enforced by punishment or signals that threaten survival.
4. The victim cannot escape the field and cannot comment on the incongruence of the messages expressed (Weakland).
As developed by E. G. Auerswald, this approach takes a holistic view that stresses the importance of working with families within their neighborhood setting and including all members of the community sytem, from professionals to extended families, to community figures to community institutions.
The science (or theory) of methods of knowledge and answers the question "What is knowing?"
Family Life Cycle
The progression of the family unit through nodal events or transitional periods. Nodal events often require the family to rewrite family rules or renegotiate family roles in order to remain functional.
Hermeneutics (or exegesis)
The activity of understanding achieved through the interpretation of texts.
The notion that families develop recurring interactional patterns to maintain stability and balance, especially in times of stress. (Don jackson)
Spouses who are unable to achieve role reciprocity due to preoccupation with their own problems.
A device for seeing something in terms of something else. It brings out the thisness of a that, or the thatness of a this.
A system's tendency toward stability and dynamic equilibrium and the ability of a system to maintain stability in the context of change.
Cybernetic explanations offer _______ and provide logical proofs through elimating all choices but one. For example, a person placing a jigsaw puzzle piece is restrained by the shape of the other pieces to select only one piece.
The use of superficial anger to mask family members' needs for intimacy and affection or deeper issues of chronic conflict and alienation.
These families fail to establish a strong sense of personal identity since the predominate family theme is togetherness. Efforts to establish an individual identity are viewed as a threat to the family and discouraged.
The ____ aspect of a message conveys information or data and is synonymous with the content of the message.
Second-order cybernetics or Cybernetics of cybernetics.
Heinz von Foerster conceived _____ as the cybernetics of observing systems. There can be no independent observer of a system because any observer is a participant who both influences and is influenced by that system.
Second-order family therapy
An approach that truly respects second-order cybernetics such that the therapist is always reflexively and collaboratively involved with that system. (Hoffman)
Knowing and knowledge are socially constructed through language and discourse and are context dependent. (Ken Gergen)
The structure of the system acts to self-maintain the organization of the system.
A complex of interacting components. (von Bertalanffy). It is an invention used to describe regularities or redundant patterns we observe between people and other phenomena.