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The Family Therapy Timeline

General systems theory, first developed in the fields of biology and ecology, was applied to interpersonal communication dynamics in the post World War II period. This page provides a timeline of those developments and highlights the names of some of the key theorists.

Gregory Bateson

One of the seminal thinkers in applying general systems theory to interpersonal communication and human interaction was Gregory Bateson. This page provides background information about Bateson and links to some of his works.

The Pattern That Connects

This is another page about Gregory Bateson. It details his life and provides links to other Web pages about his work.

The Mental Research Institute

Based in Palo Alto, California, the Mental Research Institute continues some of the research and training in interactional theory.


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