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1
Bowen Theory and Therapy
  • Bowen is a remedial body technique that is
    extremely gentle and relaxing. It empowers the
    body's own healing resources to achieve balance
    and harmony.

2
The Breadth of a Bowenian Perspective
  • Bowen theory is not about families, but about
    life.
  • Bowen emphasized that humans have more in common
    "with other forms of protoplasm and that
    traditional social science to emphasize
    differences have increased our denial about
    what really makes us tick" (p. 135).
  • The human animal is part of evolutionary
    emotional processes.

3
A Perspective of Universals
  • Bowen theory emphasizes universal continua rather
    than discrete categories (i.e., nature/nurture,
    male/female, patient/therapist).
  • Bowen theory embraces aspects of multiple social
    and behavioral sciences.
  • The family is the unit of observation and
    treatment. Multigenerational forces can create
    symptoms at one of three locations
  • the marital relationship
  • the health of one of the marital partners
  • children.
  • Implications of a "universal" perspective
  • diminishes the importance of becoming an "expert"
    in specific symptomatologies
  • there are cross-cultural universal experiences.

4
A Perspective of Universals
  • Bowen theory emphasizes universal continua rather
    than discrete categories (i.e., nature/nurture,
    male/female, patient/therapist).
  • Bowen theory embraces aspects of multiple social
    and behavioral sciences.
  • The family is the unit of observation and
    treatment. Multigenerational forces can create
    symptoms at one of three locations
  • the marital relationship
  • the health of one of the marital partners
  • children.
  • Implications of a "universal" perspective
  • diminishes the importance of becoming an "expert"
    in specific symptomatologies
  • there are cross-cultural universal experiences.

5
The Emotional Being of the Therapist
  • Differentiation of therapist is emphasized
    "Bowen has consistently maintained that it is
    hard for the patient to mature beyond the
    maturity level of the therapist, no matter how
    good his or her technique" (p. 138).
  • Capacity to apply Bowenian theory is a function
    of the therapist's own differentiation.
  • "Maintaining a non-anxious presence is
    connected to the being of the therapist, not to
    his or her know-how" (p. 138).
  • Bowen and Kerr (1981) have suggested that
    learning Bowenian theory requires an emotional
    chance that is only possible by apprenticing with
    someone who is a "master" or a disciple of a
    "master".

6
Concepts in Bowen Theory
  • Four Seminal Constructs
  • Differentiation
  • Emotional System
  • Multigenerational Transmission
  • Emotional Triangle
  • These major constructs are interdependent.

7
Chronic Anxiety
  • Anxiety is natural. It is an emotional and
    physical reactivity.
  • Chronic anxiety is an "exaggeration of a basic
    rhythm of life the instinctual, nonthinking
    response necessary of wilderness survival as well
    as the habits required for playing a sport" (p.
    140).
  • Anxiety is transmitted by families cumulatively
    and idiosyncratically.
  • Chronic anxiety is considered to be the primary
    promoter of all symptoms.

8
Differentiation
  • A "lifelong process of striving to keep one's
    being in balance through the reciprocal external
    and internal processes of definition and
    self-regulation" (p. 140).
  • This refers to a process rather than a goal that
    can ever be achieved. It is a direction in life.
  • Differentiation is not synonymous with
  • individuation,
  • autonomy,
  • independence.
  • Differentiation includes a connectedness to
    others.
  • Differentiation is concerned with strength not
    pathology.

9
Emotional System
  • Emotional system refers to any group of people
    (or collection of animals, for that matter) that
    have developed emotional interdependencies.
  • The group has an organized structure.
  • Family emotional system includes
  • the members thoughts, feelings, emotions,
    fantasies, associations, and past connections
    (individual as well as group connections)
  • the members physical makeup, genetic heritage,
    and current metabolic state
  • each individual sibling position and parents'
    sibling positions
  • the emotional history of the system itself.

10
Multigenerational Transmission
  • This does not simply refer to the influence of
    the past. It is the "presence" of the past.
  • Nature and degree of intensity of emotional
    responses are passed down from generation to
    generation.
  • The distinction between generations is a false
    dichotomy because all generations are part of a
    continuous natural process.
  • Family of origin work does not emphasize
    identifying relatives or even patterns of
    interactions. Rather, it is the process of
    connecting and re-connecting with the natural
    processes that go back generations.
  • Self-differentiation is the process of getting in
    touch with intergenerational processes, to know
    them, to experience them, and to be emotionally
    affected by them.

11
Emotional Triangle(a/k/a "triangle")
  • An emotional triangle is more complex than a
    triad.
  • This refers to any three parts of an emotional
    system.
  • It can include either three individuals or two
    individuals and an issue.
  • Rules that govern emotional processes
  • One person cannot change the relationship between
    two others or between another person and her or
    his habit.
  • The more you try to relationship of another, the
    more likely it is that you will reinforce the
    aspects of the relationship that you want to
    change.

12
Emotional Triangle(cont.)
  • Clinical Implications
  • If a clinician is recruited into a triangle with
    a couple and is able to refrain from
    overfunctioning or emotionally reactive, the
    clinician can help facilitate change that would
    not be possible if the two had the same
    conversation alone.
  • A clinician inducted into a triangle is likely to
    experience the stress of the couple. This is
    positional and should be expected.
  • Clinical focus is on phenomenology rather than
    interpretation of other's motivation.

13
Bowen Therapy
  • Objectivity
  • Objectivity does not refer to an
    intellectual/cerebral process. It is an
    emotional phenomenon.
  • This refers to a clear headedness that is a
    prodict of differentiation.
  • All procedures to maintain objectivity
    (differentiation) will help promote change.
  • Procedures to foster an objective state
  • mischievous, paradoxical responses
  • avoiding interpretations
  • diagramming
  • telling (disguised) stories about other clients
    as projective techniques
  • make clear one's own positions
  • ask questions (this is considered the major
    "intervention" in Bowenian therapy).

14
Bowen Therapy(cont.)
  • Proximity and Protoplasm
  • Lack of differentiation can be destructive.
  • Major problem of families not to get them closer
    but enable them to be clearer about where they
    end and others in their life begin.
  • Therapeutic goal encourage self-differentiation
    of individual members.
  • Healing is a Self-Regenerative Phenomenon
  • A Natural Systems View of Pathology
  • Inability to differentiate self from others
    causes problems.
  • Inability to regulate self prevents maturity.
  • Problems that persist continue because others
    tolerate them.

15
Bowen Therapy(cont.)
  • A Natural Systems View of Healing
  • Health is natural.
  • Therapeutic processes
  • reduce chronic anxiety than inhibits healing by
    being a well-differentiated, nonanxious presence
  • stimulate the clients own resources.

16
Bowen Therapy(cont.)
  • Therapy Process
  • Longevity in therapeutic contact promotes deeper
    involvement with multigenerational processes.
  • Change is not equated with symptom relief or
    feeling better but with an increase in
    differentiation level of the family.
  • Frequency of sessions is less important than time
    in therapy (over time, clients may have longer
    time between sessions). Increased time between
    sessions may reduce dependency.
  • Time frame for evaluating change
  • Bowen suggested that it takes four years to help
    a family so that multigenerational patterns will
    not automatically continue to the next generation
    -- an four years is not a guarantee.
  • Two criteria for evaluating fundamental change in
    a family
  • Change associated with one's own family of origin
    that also influences the nuclear family is likely
    to be "fundamental" change.
  • Change associated with adapting to a symptom or
    symptom bearer is unlikely to last.

17
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