In this interview, Laura Havstad discusses the chapter she contributed to a recent book, Death and Chronic Illness in the Family: Bowen Systems Family Theory Perspectives. The chapter is related to a Programs in Bowen Theory conference on Family Reaction to Death that was held in 2015. Both have strong ties to Murray Bowen's ideas about family reaction to death, which he called "the emotional shock wave."Read More
Bowen Family Systems Theory
Education and Training in Northern California
Quoting Dr. Bowen
Man can “know” something intellectually a long time before
he “knows” it as part of his being.
That which is created in a relationship can be fixed in a relationship.
We all have an infant inside of us, but the infant doesn’t have to run the show.
on a science of human behavior
Family systems theory is grounded in the assumption that the development of a science of human behavior is possible. The human species, despite its unique qualities, is part of all life.
on separation of thinking and feeling
The relative separation of feelings and thinking brings life much more under the control of deliberate thoughts.
on observation and getting outside the emotional system
The process of being able to observe is the slow beginning toward moving one small step toward getting one’s self “outside” an emotional system. It is only when one can get a little outside that it is possible to begin to observe and to begin to modify an emotional system.