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Bringing Systems Thinking to Life : Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory - Ona Cohn Bregman

Bringing Systems Thinking to Life

Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory

By: Ona Cohn Bregman (Editor), Charles M. White (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th October 2010
ISBN: 9780415800471
Number Of Pages: 432

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In a single volume, Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory presents the extraordinary diversity and breadth of Bowen theory applications that address human functioning in various relationship systems across a broad spectrum of professions, disciplines, cultures, and nations. Providing three chapters of never-before-published material by Dr. Bowen, the book also demonstrates the transcendent nature and versatility of Bowen theory-based social assessment and its extension into fields of study and practice far beyond the original psychiatric context in which it was first formulated including social work, psychology, nursing, education, literary studies, pastoral care and counseling, sociology, business and management, leadership studies, distance learning, ecological science, and evolutionary biology. Providing ample evidence that Bowen theory has joined that elite class of theories that have enjoyed broad application to social phenomena while lending credibility to the claim that Bowen theory is one of the previous and current centuries' most significant social-behavioral theories. More than a "resource manual" for Bowen theory enthusiasts, this book helps put a new great theory on the intellectual landscape.

"For me, as a biologist, the central value ofaBowen theory lies in the way that it puts the emotional lives of individuals into context, evaluating individuals with attention to family and other interpersonal dynamics, and to the evolutionary and ecological connections between humans and the rest of nature. This book puts Bowen theory itself into context, not only reviewing its uses in clinical practice, but also extending its applications to social analysis, international relations, business, pastoral ministry, and the work lives of university faculty." - Mary Beth Saffo, PhD, Adjunct Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts "Good leaders are always looking for novel ways to deepen their understanding of how things work and how they might be able to achieve ever better results in their lives and their work. This book provides exactly the right kind of stimulation for anyone seeking that kind of growth. It is a thoughtful compendium designed to stir the brain and heart to better understanding and better leadership." - Bob Watt, Vice-President of State and Local Government Relations and Global Corporate Citizenship (retired), The Boeing Company "Bowen formulated a way of thinking about 'homo sapiens' that he believed was unique and potentially capable, over time, of revolutionizing the way people think about their lives and their relationships. Although he knew it would take a long, long time, he hoped his theory would continue to develop until society would be ready to 'hear' the theory's message. With the publication of this text, Bregman and White have emerged as new members of an elite group of 'keepers of the flame'. Their efforts at presenting various contexts in which Bowen theory can be fruitfully applied deserve your sustained attention. If Bowen's key concepts intrigue your brain, this book will stimulate your thinking and perhaps lead to the development of other creative applications of the theory." - Philip J. Guerin, MD, distinguished lecturer and practitioner of family systems psychiatry; Founding Director of the Center for Family Learning in Rye Brook, NY; former faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY; Senior Author: The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict, & Working with Relationship Triangles "Bowen's systems theory is the dominant paradigm in the field of family enterprise. Many of the field's leading theorists and practitioners are so educated -- including several authors in this powerfully comprehensive collection. Everyone working with families will find this book invaluably rich." - John L. Ward, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Family Enterprises, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL "For those interested in learning about Bowen theory, Mr. White and Ms. Bregmans' book offers both a broad range of topics and in depth study of its application. The chapters span the breadth from theoretical perspectives by internationally known leaders to its application in education, research, supervision, clinical work, pastoral work, the workplace, and society. Bringing Systems Theory to Life offers a wealth of knowledge for students, professionals, and those interested in the many realms where Bowen theory can be applied to understand the underlying emotional process in relationship systems." - Anne S. McKnight, LCSW, Ed.D., Faculty, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, DC "Bringing Systems Thinking to Life clearly demonstrates the saying that 'nothing is more practical than a good theory.' Family systems theory is meant to be lived and this deeply thoughtful,aoutstanding collection of articles by recognized leaders demonstrates, as the editors say, 'the breadth and universality of Bowen theory.'" - Dr. Ronald W. Richardson, former Clinical Director, North Shore Counseling Center, North Vancouver, BC; Pastoral Counselor & Pastor (retired); Author: Couples in Conflict, Becoming a Healthier Pastor, Creating aaHealthier Church, & Becoming Your Best "This collection of edited papers by Bowen practitioners demonstrates the remarkable depth of Bowen family system theory and its many applications to family life, the work place, and local and national governments. Collectively, these contributions reveal Bowen's greatest intellectual contribution to science -- his belief that humans are subject to the same natural forces that govern all life forms, and that emotional functioning governs all relationship existing within and among families, their societies, and the planet earth. Included in these contributions are transcriptions of Bowen's lectures given in the late 1980's, years after papers in Family Therapy in Clinical Practice were written. Here, Bowen describes in his elegant and often direct language the growth of his theory. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the human condition." - Joanne Bowen, Ph.D., Curator, Zooarcheology Collections, Conservation, and Museums, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Research Professor, Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA "Systems thinking...surpasses being an interesting way to analyze organizations -- it is necessary for healthy survival in many workplaces and families...Bringing Systems Thinking to Lifeaably introduces systems theory to newcomers, as well as, charts its present standing among organizational theorists and therapists, and anticipates the increasing role it will enjoy as leaders continue to discover how their role is strengthened by self-definition, clarity, and a non-anxious presence." - Harold Stringfellow, Archdeacon, The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, PA "A remarkable work! The authors of Bringing Systems Thinking to Life provide fresh observations on family emotional process and the importance of family systems theory to understanding human functioning." - Charles W. Collier, Senior Philanthropic Adviser, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Author: Wealth in Families

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Editorsp. xxix
Contributorsp. xxxi
Theoretical Considerations in Learning Systems Thinking and Bowen Theoryp. 1
Observing Emotional Functioning in Human Relationship Systems: Lessons From Murray Bowen's Writingsp. 3
Various Theoretical Points People Miss: A Training Session by Dr. Murray Bowen at the Minnesota Institute of Family Dynamicsp. 31
An Obstacle to "Hearing" Bowen Theoryp. 61
Responsibility for Selfp. 67
Live Learning: Differentiation of Self as the Basis for Learningp. 75
A Systems View of the Training Program at the Bowen Center: Guiding Principles (1990-2003)p. 89
Managing Self in Emotional Fields When Presenting Bowen Theoryp. 103
Established Domains for Systems Thinking and Bowen Theoryp. 115
Learners Without Teachers: The Simultaneous Learning About Self-Functioning and Bowen Theory by Supervisor, Staff, Interns, and Clients in an Outpatient Programp. 117
Clarifying Principles for Investing in Selfp. 137
Can Undergraduates Learn Bowen Theory?p. 147
Incorporating Bowen Theory Into an Undergraduate Social Work Curriculum: An Exercise in the Responsible Management of Selfp. 159
Bowen Theory in Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Educationp. 173
Thinking Systems in Pastoral Trainingp. 187
Across the Generations: The Training of Clergy and Congregationsp. 197
How Bowen Theory Can Be Useful to People in the Workplace: A Conversation Between
Bringing Bowen Theory to Family Businessp. 219
Bowen Theory and the Chain Reaction of Bad Leadership and Good Leadershipp. 229
Introducing Bowen Theory to Business Leadersp. 239
Misunderstandings From the Family Field: Selected Segments by Dr. Murray Bowen at the Minnesota Institute of Family Dynamicsp. 249
New Horizons for Systems Thinking and Bowen Theoryp. 259
Integrating Bowen Theory With Academic Research, Teaching, and Servicep. 261
The Critical Reader as Scientist: Approaching Literature From the Perspective of Bowen Theoryp. 273
A Supervision Model Based in Bowen Theory and Languagep. 281
Introducing Adolescents to Systems Thinking: Learning to See the Self as Part of a Systemp. 293
Bowen Theory in Russia: A Training Program for Russian Psychologistsp. 307
Restless Bedfellows: Taking Bowen Theory Into a Child-Focused Adolescent Treatment Unit in Australiap. 319
Learning Bowen Theory From a Distancep. 329
Bowen Theory and Zulu Understanding of Familyp. 335
Building Bridges to the Natural Sciences: Field Research on Harvester Antsp. 347
Social Behavior in Nonhuman Animals: A Behavioral Model of Proximate Mechanisms Based on Bowen Theoryp. 357
A Science of Human Behavior for the Future: Selected Segments by Dr. Murray Bowen at the Minnesota Institute of Family Dynamicsp. 369
Appendix: Bowen Theory Training Centers and Contributor Organizationsp. 377
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780415800471
ISBN-10: 0415800471
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 19th October 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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