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ERIC Number: ED318046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-15
Pages: 7
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Analysis of Theoretical Metaphors with Illustrations from Family Systems Theory.
Rosenblatt, Paul C.
Metaphoric analysis of family systems theory illustrates how metaphors and alternatives to those metaphors identify what a psychological theory has highlighted and obscured about the phenomena at its focus and how it has structured that phenomena. The most commonly used metaphors in family systems theory are the metaphors of system (system elements, patterned relationships among elements, system goals), entitivity (external boundaries, system cohesion), internal structure (internal system boundaries), system vitality (energy), and governance (system rules negative feedback, homeostasis, fit to the environment, morphogenesis, positive feedback). Although a system for choosing theoretical metaphors has yet to be developed, alternative metaphors should not stray too far from the original metaphors and must be concrete. Examples of three fresh family systems metaphors include the family as a group of people traveling in a vehicle, the family as a tapestry, and the family as a river. Each provides a different degree of emphasis and insight into understanding families. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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