Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives

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Overview

Widen your therapeutic focus and help your family therapy clients learn to bridge generational separation!

This book delivers professional insights on one of the least understood but most important of Bowen's concepts—emotional cutoff. The first book on this subject, Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives examines this aspect of Bowen family system theory and shows how emotional cutoff can be understood and addressed in therapy.

Emotional Cutoff also provides beneficial case examples, empirically based studies, helpful figures, and family diagrams. This information-packed volume includes a chapter by the developers of Family of Origin Response Survey (FORS)—an instrument that measures the degree to which one is emotionally reactive to their mother or father—that outlines the process and its scoring methodology and demonstrates its reliability. The book also includes chapters on emotional cutoff and societal processes—and even how emotional cutoff manifests in the animal kingdom!

From the editor: "In this book, the phenomenon of emotional cutoff is explored from many perspectives. The contributors have illustrated the presence of cutoff in non-human species, in relation to evolutionary theory, brain physiology, reproduction, in the lives of therapists and the individuals and families they work with in clinical practice, and in societal emotional process—in a variety of contexts. In addition, the development of an instrument for measuring emotional cutoff is presented."

Emotional Cutoff is a comprehensive examination of this fascinating aspect of Bowen family systems theory, including:

  • a theoretical overview—as well as a look at cutoff in various animal species and an examination of the way the physiology of the human brain is related to the phenomenon of emotional cutoff
  • bridging emotional cutoff in the therapist's own family, as related by three Bowen systems therapists and a genealogist who is trained in Bowen theory—essential reading for all therapists!
  • research and clinical applications—including interventions you can put into practice right away with clients who are dealing with divorce, depression, domestic violence, or child abuse
  • societal applications—a look at emotional cutoff and societal process in Russian citizens, in Holocaust survivors, in immigrants, and in Israeli/Palestinian relations
Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives provides exciting possibilities for treating emotional cutoff in people trying to manage their unresolved issues. It is an essential resource for family therapists, counselors, pastoral counselors, family-oriented psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789014597
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Haworth Marriage and the Family Series
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,448,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor
Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Emotional Cutoff in Bowen Family Systems Theory: An Overview 9
Ch. 2 Lone Wolves and Rogue Elephants: Emotional Cutoff Among Animals 67
Ch. 3 Emotional Cutoff and the Brain 83
Ch. 4 Efforts to Bridge Secondary Emotional Cutoff 111
Ch. 5 Toward Undoing Cutoff: A Twenty-Five-Year Perspective 139
Ch. 6 Bridging Cutoff with Divorced Relationships and with Family 159
Ch. 7 Managing Cutoff Through Family Research 173
Ch. 8 Toward Understanding and Measuring Emotional Cutoff 199
Ch. 9 Marital Functioning and Multigenerational Fusion and Cutoff 219
Ch. 10 Reproduction and Emotional Cutoff 245
Ch. 11 The Impact of Cutoff in Families Raising Adolescents 273
Ch. 12 The Continuum of Emotional Cutoff in Divorce 289
Ch. 13 Depression: A Symptom of Cutoff in Relationship Processes 315
Ch. 14 Emotional Cutoff and Domestic Violence 337
Ch. 15 Emotional Cutoff and Family Stability: Child Abuse in Family Emotional Process 351
Ch. 16 Emotional Cutoff and Societal Process: Russia and the Soviet Union As an Example 379
Ch. 17 Migration and Emotional Cutoff 401
Ch. 18 Emotional Cutoff and Holocaust Survivors: Relationships and Viability 425
Ch. 19 Israeli-Palestinian Relations: A Bowen Theory Perspective 443
App.: A Key for the Family Diagram Symbols 477
Index 479
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