A Theory of Relationships: Experience and Transaction

As individual psychotherapy has stimulated the emergence of a dynamic model of personality organization (Freud), conjoint family therapy presses for an adequate model of transactional dynamics. This is not to say that in studying the family level of social organization one can dispense with Freudian psychodynamics. It means that family relations represent a higher, more complex organizational level which requires a broadened theoretical outlook in order to explain the family’s emergent interactional and transactional phenomena. That the construction of a transactional language is of great practical significance is immediately apparent to those psychotherapists and ...

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