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.”
Kathy Wiseman presented a day of her thinking about how she uses Bowen family systems theory in her work as a family business consultant. The goal was to stimulate thinking about the field of family business consulting as seen through the lens of emotional process.
Dr. Michael Kerr explores the relationship between emotional process and the development of symptoms–in particular, cancer.
Dr. Daniel Papero discusses the family as an emotional unit within a larger multigenerational system: functioning position, anxiety, and symptoms.