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confluence

- diminution of the self, abolition of the boundary between the client and his/her environment. One of the four classical resistances. A mother and her baby are in healthy confluence, but a 12-year-old child who is unable to take a different stance from his/her mother is suffering from unhealthy confluence. Some writers identify different sorts of confluence according to where on the cycle it occurs: confluence 1, when the need emerges; confluence 2, at the contact stage; confluence 3, at the end of the cycle (difficulty withdrawing).
Credit

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.