- Title Pages
- The Kybalion
- Part I The System
- 1 System: Nature, Role, Structure, and Communication
- 2 Dialectics
- 3 How the System Protects and Preserves Itself
- 4 System Development and Life Cycle
- 5 How the System Changes
- 6 Joining and Establishing Therapeutic Alliance
- 7 The Envelope: Joining
- 8 Disclosure
- 9 Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy
- 10 Functional Dialectic System View of Symptom and Psychopathology
- 11 Infidelity
- 12 Adolescent Suicide
- 13 Enrichment and Facilitation of Therapy
- 14 Ending Therapy and Follow-up
- Closing Comment
- Appendix: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- (p.25) 2 Dialectics
- The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families
- University of Minnesota Press
This chapter discusses the different aspects of dialectics. Dialectics are opposing forces leading to change in a system. The two laws of dialectics are the law of unity of opposites and the law of noncontradiction. The law of unity of opposites states that the nature of everything involves internal opposition or contradiction. The law of noncontradiction states that two antithetical propositions cannot both be true and cannot exist at the same time and have the same meaning. The chapter further describes the relationship of dialectics with the system and gives an overview on how dialectics can be used in therapy.
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