Bowen Family System Therapy

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Let me begin this paper by saying that I believe families that get along and have wonderful family gatherings are the dysfunctional ones; we all have some crazy in the mix, I believe that they hide theirs better. That being said I shall begin the journey into my crazy: My father was in the military causing us to travel a lot thereby making my siblings and me to be born all over the country from New York, Maine, Texas and Kansas. Both of my parents were secretive about their families, maybe secretive is a strong word, they simply never talked about them so we never knew them. We became our own best friends, our own playmates and our only way out. My father’s bigotry and alcoholism kept me confused for most of my youth, I didn’t internally feel the hatred he did and I couldn’t understand the anger and physical abuse, which cause me to become invisible and find hiding places in the house that became my safe places. We all found ways to cope and deal with our own situation in our own way. In reading the article by Monica McGoldrick, I became to know a kindred spirit, someone searching for “home” or as she so perfectly put it, “The Ache for Home”. Bowens Family Systems Theory (Bowerian Theory) Bowen stressed in his concept that the individual must first deal with their own issues, personal and family, before they would be able to become a mature, healthy person. (Charles 2001) He also believed that a majority of people’s emotional issues were in some way a result of their interactions with immediate family members. That theory has been called into question a number of times, but it remains a viable theory in the family therapy community. Bowen theory was based on eight concepts, each of which I will illustrate using my family of origin as the clients.
1. Differentiation of Self
This concept describes how people develop and/or…...

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