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Who is ther founder of Contextual Therapy?

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy


Who founded the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute?

Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy
Class 3 Notes p. 1


The I/Thou concept is characterized by:

Openness reciprocity, and a deep sense of personal involvement in "thou".

Class 3 Notes p. 2


Contextual therapy indicates that we do not come into the world as blank slates. Why?

- each of us is connected to our roots - past generations.
- intergenerational concerns are emphasized
- each of us is a byproduct of were we came from.

Class 3 Notes p. 4


Why are we loyal to our family of origan?

Because of what we have received from them and/or what they did for us.
Class 3 Notes p.5


How do loyalties connect is to our family of origin and previous generations.

They create a bond with our family-of-origin and previous generations.
Class 3 Notes p.4


What is the result when persons have experience a high degree of "fairness" in their family of origin.

Their respective ledgers will be balanced.

Class 3 Notes p.5


What is a ledger like?

A interpersonal relational account book of what has been given, to what degree, and to whom.

Class 3 Notes p.6
Class #3 handout p. 234


What is the result when persons have "Balanced Ledgers"?

They are able to build new relationships on principles that value each person's welfare, interest, and, needs.

Class 3 Notes p.6


What comprises a Family Legacy?

The expectation that children grow up with which are transmitted to them by their family of orgin.

Class 3 Notes p. 6


Define "Merit".

Those actions that one does in consideration of the welfare, interest and needs of others.

Class 3 Notes p. 8


What are three benefits of a "Balanced Ledger"?

- Permits couples to build new families that do not have excessive loyalty issues.
- Considers each other's welfare, interest and needs
- Lead to healthy functional relationships
- Balanced Ledgers formed by fairness and caring permit spouses to acquire merit and collect debt
- They don't have uncollected debt influencing interactions and transactions

Class 3 notes p. 8


What is compromised when only one person's interest are considered?

Fairness and loyalty

Class #3 Notes p. 9


What problems can an unbalanced ledger create?

- unhealthy dysfunctional relationships
- mistrust
- excessive loyalty issues in families
- cause family members to ignore each other's welfare, interest and needs
- uncollected debt to influence family member's interactions and transactions.

Class 3 notes p.9


When are relationships Trustworthy?

When each person's interest are taken into consideration.
Class #3 Notes p. 9


How can a ledger become unbalanced?

When only one person's interest are considered.
Class #3 Notes p. 10


Define: Entitlement and Indebtedness.

Entitlement - What I'm owed by others
Indebtedness - What I owe to others

Class #3 Notes p.10


What is said about Mutuality and Trustworthyness?

It is the fundamental building block of family and social relationships.
Class #3 Notes p. 11


What can cause a child to become symptomatic?

When a child is encumbered with unfair debt beyond their years and his/her trust resources are depleted.
Class #3 Notes p.12


How can it be determined if a family ledger is in balanced?

When it is negotiated and decided by all family members.
Class #3 Notes p. 10


Define Destructive Entitlement.

The experience of not being cared for by one's parents (being mistreated, neglected, or exploited - emotional or physical abuse).
Class #3 Notes p.12


What is the consequence of Destructive Entitlement?

Future relationships are potentially compromised.
Individuals end up trying to, collect uncollected debts from the wrong people.
Class #3 Notes p. 12- 13


What is a Revolving Slate?

How patterns are repeated form one generation to the next. They are struggled against but there unconscious binding legacies which prevent avoiding the pattern.
Class #3 Notes p.13


Define Split familial Loyalty

When children are placed in the middle of a couple's conflict and forced to choose.
Class #3 Notes p. 13