Enduring Interactions and Collective Illusions

The foundations of my thinking and clinical work reflect the empirical tradition. Despite a primary commitment to private practice, I have been actively involved in medical or psychiatric research since medical school days. With the exception of my internship year, there has never been a year when I did not devote some part of my time to research.

I emphasize this because of the recent and fascinating challenge to this empirical tradition as it applies to human systems. Such basic issues as what a human system is and whether or not it can be reliably studied now fill the marriage and family literature. Do human systems have enduring interactional structures that exist independent of the process ...

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