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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Relational stagnation is the rigidification of life patterns within the psyche of an individual and in his or her relations to others. In the frame of contextual therapy, relational stagnation is considered to be a pathogenetic factor. It is also an aspect of relational ethics: If responsibility for the present and future consequences of one's relational behavior is ignored, the possibility that certain interactional patterns will become fixed and carried over into the next generation is increased.