chapter  13
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Level of Systems

Gestalt and group dynamics theories draw from general systems theory the notion of "system openness," and share the assumption that system functioning is optimized by boundaries that are intact and definable, yet pliable and seinipermeable .... In the context of gestalt theory, the development of the contact boundary allows for the injection of that which is assimilable, and the rejection of that which is inassimilable. In the context of group dynamics, semipermeable boundaries allow for a greater "database" for expanded choice and consensual validation. 1

Systems theory states that in a relationship, all participants are linked together. This linkage creates two working principles:

1. Each set of relationships has a predictable pattern of relating. This pattern will continue undisturbed and unchanged until a change occurs to any member of the relationship.