Polarization Could Result in Family Medicine Losing Its (Relational) Soul: Reflections on Waters (2003) and Commentaries by Armstrong (2003) and Holloway (2003)

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Abstract

A recent article and commentaries published in Families, Systems, & Health stimulated reflections on how polarized thinking could be a trap for family medicine and handicap its continued development. The danger zone of polarity reactions is underscored, and examples are given. Polarized approaches, in contrast to collaborative models, could narrow the options and possibilities for family medicine in the future. Embracing and considering various polarities could assist family medicine in continuing to discover and develop its identity and its relational soul.

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