Family as a Psychological System

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Familyas a Psychological System

Familyas a Psychological System

Afamily is a unit where members interact with one another to form awhole. There exists connectedness, correlation and interdependence inthis unit as a psychological system. The relationships among membersof the family are profound and are based largely on shared history,internalized perceptions and assumptions about the world and a senseof purpose (Goldenberg &amp Goldenberg, 2013). This paper embarks ondescribing the family as a psychological system.

Asa psychological system, a family endeavors to organize itself as afunctional group to meet shared goals without preventing members tomeet their individual needs and objectives (Goldenberg &ampGoldenberg, 2013). It facilitates the development of rules andregulations that govern behavior and describes the roles of members.Every individual in the family plays a role in the life of the familyas a whole and any alterations affect the entire family since all areconnected (Dombeck &ampWells-Moran, n.d.).

Althoughfamily members develop individual identities, they remain attached tothe family group (H. Goldenberg &amp I Goldenberg, 2013).Theindividuals may possess symptoms existing independently of thefamily but are mostly a ramification for family members. Familiesvisualize problems as things that occur between people other thanwithin individuals. This psychological system perceives problems as aresult of larger relationships problems within the family, communityor society (Dombeck &amp Wells-Moran, n.d.). It means that an issuewithin an individual extends its impacts to all the family members.The two further argue that Individuals may carry a symptom for theentire family, and an individual functioning is a manifestation ofhow a family functions. In instances where family member experiencesa temporary or permanent sense of alienation, they never trulyrelinquish from the family membership (Dombeck &ampWells-Moran,n.d.).

Familytherapists believe that understanding an individual is best throughassessing the entire family. The therapists believe that the familyrelations have more impact on the lives of people than the therapy.In family systems therapy, members act out their roles in such a waythat the therapists and other family members can see the cause andeffects of certain behaviors. Affirmative action is thus adopted forthe benefit of the family system.


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