by Israel Galindo
A colleague invited some of us to a discussion on the phenomenon of BFST orthodoxy. This is the tendency we’ve seen among some “Bowenians” to guard the orthodoxy of the theory. At times it manifests itself as:
* A focus on the exclusively “correct” use of terms, concepts, and vocabulary
* The creation of a list of verbotem words, phrases, or references
* A dismissal of certain concepts that are considered “outside” the original theory’s schema
* The identification of “camps” (e.g., Bowen vs. Friedman) and the self-identification with the original conceptualizer with an accompanying dismissal of those not deemed disciples of direct succession.
* The manifestation of the affects of hubris and exclusivity.