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Human Relationship: Linkage or life form? / Menschliche Beziehung: Verbindung oder Lebensform / La relación humana: Vínculo o forma de vida / Les relations humaines: Liens ou forme de vie? / Relação humana: Ligação ouentidade viva/

Barrett-Lennard, G.T. (2007) Human Relationship: Linkage or life form? / Menschliche Beziehung: Verbindung oder Lebensform / La relación humana: Vínculo o forma de vida / Les relations humaines: Liens ou forme de vie? / Relação humana: Ligação ouentidade viva/. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 6 (3). pp. 183-195.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14779757.2007.9688441
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Abstract

This paper freshly asks “What is the phenomenon of human relationship, in its basic nature?” Two approaches or paradigms are distinguished. In the more individualist view, relationship is something that happens between the participants, who remain the causative players. Effectively, the individuals are the assumed agents of a relationship in its beginning, development, continuation or ending. In the second perspective, relationship is seen as something in its own right that comes to have presence, life and influence. Individual life crucially forms from and flows into and through relational wholes. This understanding implies that human problems are essentially problems in and of relation, at many interwoven levels. Thus also, personal wellness is a connective quality, founded and expressed in relationship.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Health Professions
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright: © 2007 Barrett-Lennard
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/53920
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