The process of differentiation refers to an individual's structured effort over time to increase his or her basic level of differentiation. This presentation describes the theoretical principles that guide this effort and illustrates their application with examples from marital, parent-child, family of origin, and work relationships. The examples help to integrate the ideas that have been presented in the previous presentations. The presentation also includes a discussion of an eighth concept in Bowen theory, societal emotional process. This important concept helps to explain many of the disturbing trends in contemporary societies by placing them in the context of mankind's exploitation of the planet.
2004. 60 min.