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Family Stuck Togetherness: What Makes it so Hard to See the Emotional System?

What would it be like if one morning we woke up and there was no more diagnosing people with mental illness? Instead there would be a focus on the family as a unit, and what might be done to improve the functioning of individuals within the system.

Considering the family unit as a social system influencing the behavior of its members requires a totally new way of thinking and new method of treatment. Bowen called it coaching for differentiation of self.

Currently when symptoms arise, one person is identified as the problem and the interactive nature of the social system is not seen. People are often blindsided by the way relationships function under stress. Read more...

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