This presentation describes three concepts in Bowen theory that are crucial for understanding nuclear families: nuclear family emotional system, family projection process, and sibling position. The patterns of emotional functioning contributing to divorce, physical illness, mental illness, and behavioral problems are spelled out with a new level of detail and integration. New evidence is also presented that firmly anchors these patterns in the emotional system. An understanding of these emotional forces, coupled with conviction and courage to change, helps people live their lives more the way they want to live them rather than how anxiety dictates they live them.
2002. 60 min.