Identified Patient

Identified Patient

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The term emerged from the work of the Bateson Project on family homeostasis, as a way of identifying a largely unconscious pattern of behavior whereby 'if the painful feelings among the family members increase past a certain point...they may pick on one family member and blame him or her for all the discomfort..."scapegoating"' and thereby creating the IP. 'Satir...saw the identified patient as manifesting an outward sign of the intrapsychic and interpersonal problems within the family system...preserving - while paradoxically revealing - the family's secrets, agendas, and processes'. Conjoint family therapy stressed accordingly the importance in group therapy that 'the "identified patient," and all the other members of his family attend - his parents and his brothers and sisters, and his uncles and aunts and his grandparents too' - on the grounds that 'it's hard to treat the scapegoat unless the whole family can be persuaded to take back the bad feelings that he's carrying'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • String Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6135645935
  • 9786135645934