As persons involved in the conflict, the members of the patient family have, as a rule, lost their distance from the conflict. This is true for neurotic, psychosomatic, and psychotic disorders. The people involved in the conflict act much like someone who is standing so close to a picture that he almost touches it with his nose. He sees only a small segment of it but he sees this segment very clearly. Yet he doesn’t see its subject or color context. He has lost sight of the picture as a whole and has thus also lost its meaning.
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