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crisis

In a crisis [Greek krisis, a turning point] situation, the internal and external adaptation (adaptability) of an individual or a system is disturbed. When previously successful adaptive mechanisms are insufficient to preserve stability or balance, new skills and a corresponding internal restructuring become necessary.
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Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)

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