Category Archives: bowen family systems theory

Triangle games

The concept of the emotional triangle often is referred to as the “building block” for emotional process dynamics in relationship systems (families, churches, organizations, etc.). Dual relationships (one on one) are difficult to maintain so it does not take long … Continue reading

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Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair

New post on the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog: “Your Mother Was Right: Life’s Not Fair (and sometimes you should not be).” A reflection on trying to be fair in an anxious system. Please like & share:

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A Family Genogram Workbook: Tenth printing!

We have just received the delivery of the tenth printing of A Family Genogram Workbook by Galindo, Boomer, and Reagan. We’re pleased with its success (and its steady sales!). We have a few on hand that qualify for discounts, so … Continue reading

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The persistant power of the past

Lately I’ve had occasion to appreciate again the power of the past to influence the present. What is amazing to me is how much that influence operates below people’s awareness, and how powerful that influence is on systemic homeostasis and … Continue reading

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Reflection for insight

Practicing reflection for insight on Bowen Family Systems theory at the Perspectives blog site. Please like & share:

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Ghost hunters and exorcists: Leaders and secrets in the system

Do you have ghosts in your system that go bump in the night? Thoughts on leaders as ghost hunters and exorcists at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog site. Please like & share:

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Leading an anxious system: what’s a leader to do?

Thoughts on leadership in a chronically anxious system at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog. Please like & share:

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Rick asks about differentiation and finding a mate

Rick has been asking systems questions again lately. It may be time to start another compilation… < > This is an intriguing topic. I’m not sure that it is always interpreted correctly. As with many concepts in Bowen Systems Theory, … Continue reading

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The triangle in the emotional field

Some thoughts on the necessity of interpreting emotional triangles within the context of the emotional field at the Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog. Please like & share:

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If a leader’s job is not to bring about change, then what’s a leader good for?

A question from one of my students in the systems theory class results in a new insight for leaders from the Dog Whisperer. Please like & share:

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