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Rigidity, Repair, and Renovation in Relationships and Therapy
Rigidity, Repair, and Renovation
in Relationships and Therapy
Rigidity, Repair, and Renovation in Relationships and Therapy."
theory and therapy principles are applicable not merely with the family,
but also applicable to the couple and other relationships, as well as
for individual intrapsychic issues among various personas, the ego, id,
and superego, or conflicting motivations, drives, needs, feelings versus
thoughts, and so forth. Structurally
oriented therapy seeks to change organizational patterns of problematic
communication and potentially or actively neglectful, harmful, or
abusive behaviors. The
therapist is guided to take an authoritative position to alter the
structure of relationships for the individual, couple, or family.
More passive therapeutic approaches are revealed as
counter-indicative when the individual for him or herself, or the
parents form ineffective executive dyads.
The therapist facilitates structural change including lessening
or eliminating emotionally and psychologically harmful symptoms.
The therapist works to make clients become aware of behavior,
situations, roles, and how choices are made.
The individual may take, be given, or be compelled to roles and
responsibilities that create inherent dysfunction.
Rigid and enmeshed extremes in any area can indicate
dysfunctional coalitions between and among relationship, couple, or
therapist is directed to specific client compositions that indicate
structural problems and are well served by structural therapeutic
principles: blended families, step-parents, families in transition,
culturally different couples including same sex couples, and so forth.
Also certain client issues benefit from structural assessment and
strategies: abuse of any type, substance abuse, and addictions.
The therapist will learn important relationships and distinctions
between equality and equity-based partnerships including
culturally-based models that challenge mutually reciprocal intimates.
Structural issues from various influences, including rigid versus
over-diffuse boundaries may require repair.
The therapist is directed to facilitate reparative processes for
addressing problematic or broken dynamics, including poor communication
and abusive or neglectful behavior.
Therapy is guided to accentuate the good and effective, further
facilitating healthy recovery and growth.
Ineffective or harmful structure and boundaries are minimized and
if possible, eliminated. The
therapist is prompted to recognize how sometimes, the relationship
structure or boundaries may be inherently corrupt if earlier models were
never that healthy. Since
sometimes old boundaries had never led to mutually healthy reciprocal
nurturance and support in the past or the present, beyond repair the
system requires therapeutic attention for a major overhaul or complete
renovation to achieve functionality.