Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
Binding is a relational mode that comes into effect (mostly covertly) in all types of relationships. In the context of the Heidelberg model, it contrasts with the expelling mode and stands at the same time in dialectical relationship to it. The binding mode is of particular importance within the context of separating parents and adolescents. Binding reflects the dominance of centripetal/centrifugal patterns.