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In this philosophical-epistemological school of thought, all aspects of reality - including inanimate matter, the animate - physical, and the psychic - form a unit and a whole. From this point of view, there can be said to exist a holistic school of medicine as well as of psychotherapy, which includes family and systemic therapy.

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)