Pseudomutuality in Family Systems
Name of Concept
Lyman Wynne and his colleagues (1958, 1963) have examined the contribution of family relatedness and communication in the development of schizophrenia. While they do not propose a single theory to account for the many facets of schizophrenia, they offer a psychodynamic interpretation of schizophrenia that considers the systemic organization of the family. Their work has included the comparison of families with members diagnosed with schizophrenia to other families unaffected by schizophrenia in order to delineate the communication patterns in these families, which are often blurred, ambiguous, and confused.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Pseudomutuality concerns the issue of authenticity in human relationships. Wynne and his colleagues sought to understand the particular patterns of inauthenticity that seemed to be present in many families affected by schizophrenia. During this investigation, they found that these families often deal with...
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