A Bowen Theory Lexicon Comments from Social Media

A Bowen Theory Lexicon By Ronald B. Cohen

 

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As someone trained in BST in the ’80s, I found the approach more helpful to me personally than as a treatment modality. Some of the terminology resembles that in my then preferred approaches of structural/strategic. Others such as “undifferential family ego mass” were no nebulous that they seemed to have little usefulness in doing therapy in the agencies where I worked. The amount of time BST required wasn’t available in my settings. My first exposure to BST occurred in ’72. I had joined the staff of an innovative, 2 city delinquency prevention program. Our director had studied under Buckminster Fuller and by extension we were part of a worldwide network of “Bucky People”. We were behaviorists. We drove to VCU in Richmond and entered an auditorium, unsure of what we would experience. Presently Dr. B. appeared on a screen with a family, I think just husband and wife. He spoke with them awhile and we understood almost nothing. Our director, never bashful, blurted out that “this was a bunch of s—“. We got glares from the rest of the audience. A moderator (?) came out and the session was discussed like it was part of a long running soap opera. We left bewildered. Fortunately, I later began taking BST workshops. 

Jeffrey Shelton, Ph.D.
Family Mediator at Shelton Family Mediation Service

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Posted it on my Pinterest board about therapy. Thank you.

Katherine Gordy Levine
Founder and CEO Emotional Fitness Training, Inc., therapist, author,

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I enjoy reading your articles!

Guy Van Drunen
Clinic Manager at Burrell Behavioral Health

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Each time I’m asked about Bowen, I’m sure to recommend your blog as a resource. Thanks for being awesome.

B. Sripom
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern/Artist

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I appreciate your ongoing efforts to clarify Bowen’s terminology, Ron. While BFST has become the most effective and practical therapy I have used as a psychotherapist, deepening my understanding of this brilliant theory definitely sharpens my skills. In this blog, you have clarified for me a concept that has been muddy for me: the closeness/distance dance. Yes, that makes sense; this is how we manage the individuation and togetherness forces, and it is not synonomous with immature emotional reactivity (fusion/cut-off). Very helpful. Thanks, Ron.

Bonnie Hall Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice

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