Epigenetic Systems: A Meta-Integrative Model of Human Functioning and Therapy

  • Donald K. Fromme


Saxe’s metaphor admirably captures the present model’s thesis that the major therapeutic systems each focus on different facets of the human condition. Questions over the legitimacy of integrating therapeutic systems with incompatible assumptions, which have impeded past integrative efforts, are addressed by Safran’s (1998) postmodern perspective that all world views are partial, inadequate representations of the world. He recommends instead a “… superordinate worldview that views all worldviews as partial and inadequate in nature and recognizes the importance of viewing reality from the perspective of multiple lenses” (p. 265).


Attachment Style Insecure Attachment Maladaptive Schema Formal Operation Disorganize Attachment 
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Further Reading

  1. Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (1985). Intrinsic motivation and self-determination theory in human behavior. New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
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  3. Mascolo, M. F., Craig-Bray, L., & Neimeyer, R. A. (1997). The construction of meaning and action in development and psychotherapy: An epigenetic systems approach. Advances in Personal Construct Psychology, 4, 3–38.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Professional PsychologyPacific UniversityHillsboroUSA

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