Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory In The Television Show

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According to Murray Bowen’s family systems theory, the family subsists in a system where as the individuals are inseparable from their network of relationships, but continue to strive to be individualized. Consequently, various forms of these networks are grounded in the domestic structure and the “normal” or “ideal” family and development derives from the interaction of the family members when they remain differentiated, unease is minimal, and partners have beneficial emotional communication with their own family members (Nichols, 2014). The concept of achieving individuality while remaining in a cohesive family unit may cause stress. Concepts such as differentiation of self, triangulation, emotional cutoff, and anxious attachment may aid in the elucidation of the family system. This theoretical concept along with these coinciding terms will be explored through one episode of the television series The Goldbergs called Rush. Episode Summary The Goldbergs is a sitcom that depicts the funny trials and tribulations of a family in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in the 1980s. The family consists of a helicopter mom named Beverly, her unemotional yet strict husband Murray, Beverly’s live-in retired father Albert, the oldest child Erica, the middle child Barry, and the youngest son…show more content…
Barry is an excellent example of this because of Beverly’s over involvement. Throughout the series, Barry is extremely over reactive and this episode is no different. To prove that he is the better son he yells and tries to eat an apple in two bites. Frequent demonstrations such as this are an example of him projecting all of his needs onto others. Barry consistently tries to get validation from others especially his girlfriend who seems to understand that Barry has limited emotional resources or

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