Level II: Interpersonal-dyadic substrate

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The interpersonal-dyadic level of functioning depicts interpersonal processes which can be depicted using a triangular configuration. The bottom corner of the triangle depicts what has occurred in the past relational life of an individual primed by attachment experience and codified through family processes and developmental experiences. The upper right corner of the triangle depicts current relational patterns which are based on the past relational schemata as they are re-enacted in current interpersonal relationships. The upper left-hand corner represents the expected relationship with others or in clinical work the psychotherapist. This has been traditionally called the transference relationship.