Commentary: comparing the beavers and circumplex models of family functioning

Robert B. Hampson, Robert W. Beavers, Yosaf F. Hulgus

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As the cool stream gushed over one hand, she [Annie] spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten — a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that WATER meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand…. I left the well‐house eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Process
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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