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relational balance

Relational balances are a series of polarities that allow the characteristic problems and patterns of dyadic relationships to be brought into focus. Both partners contribute in different ways to these polarities. Important polarities in dyadic relationships include: moment-duration, difference-sameness, satisfaction-frustration, stimulation-stabilization, and closeness-distance.

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)