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“normal” is highly overrated 🙂

Marianna Lead, MCC (ICF Master Certified Coach)


I am struggling with this one, Ron and it seems that the post is begging for questions so I am here with mine:

If Bowen is not concerned with pathology, does that mean ‘the theory’ is only concerned with a certain portion of the continuum of behavior in the family or does it mean that the continuum is along the varying levels of differentiation?

Hyacinth Charles, CRC, LMHC, FDC


Hi Hyacinth,

That would be a resounding no. In a very real sense we are all “on the spectrum”. “Normal”/not-normal, “healthy”/”disordered” are just two more false dichotomies. The terms are very much contextually determined and highly value laden. Among the many failures of the “Disease Model” is that human behavior exists on a continuum and is not categorical. For Bowen it is a continuum of emotional oneness in one’s family of origin – “The degree of unresolved emotional attachment to the family of origin is equivalent to a person’s basic level of differentiation”. An individual’s level o functioning at any point on the scale is systemically determined. Hope this helps.

Ronald B Cohen, MD
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