Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Semantic Polarities in CFT

  • Valeria UgazioEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_952


The theory of family semantic polarities (FSPT) offers a systemic-constructionist perspective on personality and its psychopathological developments focused on semantics.

Developed by Valeria Ugazio (1998, 2013), the theory gives a fundamental role to processes of meaning making in couples and families. It is meanings, the emotions feeding them, and the positions they create that offer important keys in understanding the dynamics of couples and families and the processes that lead to problems and mental disorders. Meanings form the therapeutic relation as well and, according to the FSPT, play a central role in therapeutic change.

Theoretical Context

Grounded in the practice of family therapy and the Milan approach and developed in the dialogue with those psychotherapists who place the question of meaning at the center of their work (Kelly, Guidano, Neimeyer, Procter, etc.), the FSPT has the positioning theory (Harré, van Lagenhove, etc.) as one of its principal points of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director of European Institute of Systemic-relational TherapyMilanItaly
  2. 2.University of BergamoMilanItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maria Borcsa
    • 1
  1. 1.Nordhausen University of Applied SciencesNordhausenGermany