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multidirectional partiality

Multidirectional partiality (Boszormenyi - Nagy, 1966) is an attitude that allows a therapist to empathize with each family member, to recognize the merits of each, and to take sides because of these merits. Thus, the therapist makes a remedial distribution of justice and can convey to each member in turn a sense of personal worth. The foundation for multidirectional partiality is a dialectical approach to relationships whereby every judgment about a relational position will be offset, sooner or later, by a respective judgment about the position of the relational partner (dialectical method).

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)