Integration of Differentiation of Self

  • July 29, 2021
  • Ann Depner, LCSW
  • 12 Comments

“The Bowen theory involves two main variables.  One is the degree of anxiety, and the other is …the level of integration of the differentiation of self.” Murray Bowen, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice, p. 361 My “Bowen nugget” is a dense phrase I noticed in ...

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You Mean This Dance Has Partners?

  • December 09, 2020
  • Carl A. Jensen, MDiv MSEd
  • 3 Comments

Long ago, I read about wolves and rabbits in a particular area.  When the number of wolves went up, the number of rabbits went down.  With fewer rabbits to eat, the wolf population went down.  With fewer wolves to eat them, the rabbit population went ...

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Bowen Nuggets – A Light Comes On

  • November 04, 2020
  • Sandra Block, LCSW
  • 1 Comment

I emerged from my family of origin into the adult world at a time when new possibilities were happening for young women.  It was the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and the women’s movement was in full swing.  But along with excitement and enthusiasm for a future ...

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Bowen Nuggets – From Father to Son

  • October 07, 2020
  • Avrum Nadigel, MSW, BComm
  • 4 Comments

My relationship with my father was tepid, punctuated by occasional violence. Like many men, I swore I’d never treat my child the way he treated me. As a young camp counsellor, my glowing evaluations confirmed that I was nothing like him. This was an understandable, ...

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Bowen Theory Nuggets – A New Blog Series

  • September 23, 2020
  • Sandra Caffo, LCSW
  • 4 Comments

Students of Bowen theory find all sorts of ways to make the theory their own, often beginning with a single idea that commanded their attention. The point of this series is to describe how one tidbit gleaned from Bowen theory has stuck with or influenced ...

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