The Neurobiology of Relationships

Authored by: Mona DeKoven Fishbane

Handbook of family therapy

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415518017
eBook ISBN: 9780203123584
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Family therapists have long adopted a multilevel systemic view, highlighting not only interior family dynamics, but also larger contextual issues. Neurobiology brings to this multilayered discourse the micro level of brain/body processes. Interpersonal neurobiology (Siegel, 1999, 2012) integrates brain, body, and relationships, exploring the recursive impacts of our physical-neurological selves and social processes, embedded within the larger sociocultural context. This chapter focuses on the neurobiology of relationships, with implications for clinical practice.

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