Some therapy history: Bowen's family system theory looks at this in the context of family dynamics. In a toxic family system people are expected to play out "roles" with very little flexibility for growth or change. This keeps things "stable" but it also makes dynamics fragile, because the only thing standing between cohesion and collapse is that all participants agree to two things: to stay in their role, and to stay silent about the abuse going on under the surface.
A dynamic system has the capacity to hold space for change. Change threatens the stability of the group. But it also can't be suppressed without compromising the growth, integrity, and freedom of its members. This is true in families, in partnerships, and it's true in communities too.
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