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

Moshe Almagor

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.

Keywords:   system, dialectics, law of unity of opposites, law of noncontradiction, Heracleitus

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