Bowen Family Systems Theory Case Study

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Families make us who we are. From our families we learn communication skills, emotions and how to form relationships. Murray Bowen developed the Bowen family systems theory. The Bowen family systems theory provides the opportunity to learn about complex family relationships and emotional relationships. The Bowen family systems theory can be integrated with religion and spirituality. Everyone can relate the Bowen family systems theory. I can integrate my personal experiences with concepts from the Bowen family systems theory. Sibling Positions is another factor in the Bowen’s Family Theory, However, this process involves siblings. According to Goldenberg (2013), “Bowen credits Toman’s (1961) research on the relationship between birth order…show more content…
Spirituality can be defined as ‘‘ways of relating to the sacred’’ (Shults and Sandage 2006, p. 161) that involve the experience of significance (Zinnbauer and Pargament 2005)”. (Jankowski and Vaughn, 2009, p.82). I believe Christianity and the Bowen family theory can be integrated as well, but it is the counselor who must properly integrate it. According to McMinn (2011), “Bring the Christian faith into the counseling office requires the counselor to evaluate carefully the goals of therapy and challenge the views of healing that surround us in the mental health profession” (p. 17). Both the Bowen family theory and Christianity are based on the functionality of families. The Bowen family theory and Christianity are based on focusing on the future and working though issues on the past. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV). God wants us to focus on our future and be better people, rather than focus on the…show more content…
“Families and other social groups tremendously affect how people think, feel, and act, but individuals vary in their susceptibility to a “group think” and groups vary in the amount of pressure they exert for conformity”( thebowencenter.org, p.1). The differentiation of self-concept is based on the views of others. Individuals are thoughts and actions are based on their group’s pressure. In Christianity, groups are used as a way to connect to God and grow closer to the community. Certain churches encourages groups to gather, to communicate and help each other through difficulties. In Christianity, “group think” is integrated as well. Christianity is based on what people express at church, we listen to the pastor and feel similar feelings of
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