February 16, 2018 by Laura Havstad With another terrifying school shooting in Florida this week I thought I’d try and address mass shootings based on emotional process in the family and in society.
The four points of the mindful compass remind one that knowledge of the emotional system is the basis for connecting with others, defining oneself, and sustaining one’s own direction when the system threatens and opposes a shift to a higher level of differentiation. In this meeting, through lecture and discussion Andrea presents the mindful compass and explores how it clarifies the emotional reactions that are activated whenever one makes a decision.
Dr. Papero reviews the original research observations of the family as an emotional unit which led to development of family systems theory and family psychotherapy.
Dr. Daniel Papero talked about how traumatic events almost always involve others and explored the question of what the function of the family is, in coping with the effects, when extreme life events are experienced.
Michael and Kathleen Kerr present information about Bowen theory’s view of marriage and differentiation of self using their own marriage as an example.