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Kathy Wiseman Gives Credit Where Credit is Due
I like to give credit where credit is due. Shel Miller gets credit from me for an outstanding turn of a phrase. Shel is a PhD, who describes himself as a relationship builder. He ended up in a forwarded email, which led me to a blog he had written in 2005 about the fact that he was a "psychological event planner."
The idea is compelling. I have been thinking about this since reading about it. I had never realized the need for this job description before. But, being a student of Bowen Theory and knowing the importance and significance of life events (births, deaths, birthdays, graduations, sporting events, weddings, showers) for the family system, I was intrigued by the idea and took it a bit further. Read more
Priscilla Friesen on Theory & the Emergence of Self
Theory and the Emergence of Self is held monthly. It is a time to deepen one's thinking about the impact of relationships on functioning and to consider how working with Bowen Theory has affected one's personal life. Two individuals present each session. April's presentations posed thoughtful questions about overfunctioning-underfunctioning reciprocity and chronic anxiety and aging and dying. Read More
Andrea Schara on Follow the Leader and/or Think for Self
Relationships are at the center of our existence. We take clues from one another and at the extremes we can either be held hostage or inspired by one other.
We influence each other in families and in society, giving birth to patterns in relationships systems whose influence reaches beyond one or two generations.
Much of the time we can afford to be blind to the ongoing influences in these social emotional systems. Our automatic programming seems to suffice, especially when life is good and comfort dominates. There is little need for awareness or the risk inherent in change. When life is difficult, confusion and uncertainty forces us to understand difficult or even profound problems in order to adapt well to these challenges. Read More