Inga-Britt Krause's Culture and System in Family Therapy (Systemic Thinking and PDF

By Inga-Britt Krause

ISBN-10: 1855752786

ISBN-13: 9781855752788

Beginning with the MacPherson file and its pronouncements on racism in Britain and specifically 'institutionalised racism', Dr Krause specializes in the perform of family members treatment and attracts on her services as either anthropologist and systemic kinfolk psychotherapist to formulate a cogent serious evaluate of the sphere.

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This is w h y I have defined "system" as persons connected to other per­ sons and connected to ideas about how things should be done. A n d this last part of the sentence is important because we no longer think of a system as a collection of physical bodies. Rather, systems are collections of persons who are connected, and with them comes, willy-nilly, meaning—not added on like a belief system, but deeply implicated in conscious and unconscious thought and action. So, from the point of view of the family therapist treating clients in therapy sessions, broadly speaking what comes after the slash mark is culture.

It is not, then, simply a question of an image but, rather, of a process. The child not only perceives in the caregiver's behaviour her mentalising stance, which he has to assume in order to account for her behaviour, but, in particular, perceives the caregiver's stance vis-a-vis an image of him as mentalizing, desiring and believing. This representation is internalized. If the caregiver's reflective capacity enables her accurately to picture the infant's intentional stance, the infant has the opportunity to "find him­ self in the other" as a mentalizing individual.

Is not the degree of identity of the participating elements, but the extent of their congruence or, it could be said, mutual 'fit'" (Smith, 1997, p. 67). Smith considers that pidgin languages provide an appropriate model, because in such languages verbal practices are stable enough to be effective in communication, while at the same time the meaning of certain terms cannot be explained w i t h reference to one (original) version. In fact, the possibility of a mutual fit in social patterns arises pre­ cisely because interactions and communications have some stabil­ ity over time.

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