The Identified Patient in Family Therapy and Jesus Christ: A Limited Analogy

Volume
Volume 16
Issue
Winter 1988
Title
The Identified Patient in Family Therapy and Jesus Christ: A Limited Analogy
Abstract

Family therapists have recognized the importance of analogic or metaphoric thinking in the conceptualization of family problems. In this article, we develop an analogy pertaining to a frequently studied phenomenon in family therapy, the symptom bearing child or Identified Patient (IP). By exploring certain similarities and differences between the IP and Jesus Christ, we hope to increase the reader'€™s awareness of the richness and poignancy of the saving role in human relations. Also, an understanding of the Christ/IP analogy may be helpful to family therapists who must avoid idealizing or identifying with the symptomatic child.

Authors
Dr. J. Polyson, Dr. R. Herrema and V. Barrow
Pages
340 - 347
Price
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