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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families$
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Moshe Almagor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.001.0001

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How the System Protects and Preserves Itself

How the System Protects and Preserves Itself

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(p.37) 3 How the System Protects and Preserves Itself
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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families
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Moshe Almagor

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.003.0003

This chapter examines how the system protects and preserves itself by providing its members with a sense of order, security, belonging, and identity. Most of the time, the well-being of the majority surpasses that of the individual. Preservation is so important that the system uses numerous means to protect and perpetuate itself. The system preserves itself by means of binding (contract), distracting attention from system-endangering situations (scapegoat symptoms), friction control (emotional regulation), tension diffusion (emotional triangles), and symptom formation.

Keywords:   contract, emotional regulation, emotional triangles, symptom formation

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