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Riggs, B.C. (1977). Resistance and Transference: A General Systems Formulation. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 5(1):65-77.

(1977). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 5(1):65-77

Resistance and Transference: A General Systems Formulation

Benjamin C. Riggs

Introduction: System C

Previous communications (Riggs 1975, 1976) have given in detail the development of the concept of System C as a general systems approach to human relatedness. It must suffice for this paper to summarize very briefly its definition and some of the apparent parameters which justify its inclusion in the class of open systems. Figure 1 illustrates two physical — psychological — social — spiritual human systems, labeled A and B, in a state of interaction. Certain functions appear which are uniquely attributable neither to A nor B, nor the simple summation of the two, but to the emergent system of their combination, System C. Having no physical coordinates of mass or space, it is properly called an Abstract-System,

Figure 1.

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