Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives [NOOK Book]


Move through emotional triangles toward a natural systems view of the individual in the context of the family and society

Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives presents clear applications of Murray Bowen's concept of the emotional triangle in the family, the organization, and society. This comprehensive book discusses in detail the theory, the theory's application to the therapist's own family, clinical applications, ...
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Move through emotional triangles toward a natural systems view of the individual in the context of the family and society

Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives presents clear applications of Murray Bowen's concept of the emotional triangle in the family, the organization, and society. This comprehensive book discusses in detail the theory, the theory's application to the therapist's own family, clinical applications, organizational applications, and societal applications. This unique resource examines the value of the triangle concept for understanding the emotional process of the family, the organization, and society.

Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives provides a theoretical context for understanding the triangle concept and its application, then progresses to exploring and applying the concept of the triangle and interlocking triangles to self, family, and other contexts. This book is devoted to explicating Bowen's seminal concept of the triangle, and providing a clear description of the process of detriangling in clinical practice. The text includes several case studies and vignettes to illustrate concepts. Topics in Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives include:
• A historical and conceptual overview
• The triangle's function in the effort to increase differentiation of self
• The presence of triangles in non-human primates
• Bowen's differentiation of self effort in his own family and business
• The functioning of triangles at the time of chronic illness and death
• Emotional triangles involving pets and humans
• The application of the concept of triangles and interlocking triangles to clinical issues in marriage
• The presence of triangles in the child-focused family
• Triangles in stepfamilies
• The triangle's presence and function in families with substance abusing teens
• Triangles involving extramarital relationships
• Triangles in organizations and businesses
• The triangle's function in the context in societal emotional process
• And much more!

Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives is a stimulating, enlightening resource for family therapists, social workers, psychologists, pastoral counselors, and counselors.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book presents the theory and clinical application of Murray Bowen's concept of emotional triangles. This systems theory is applied in Bowen's own family of origin, clinical practice, organizations, and society.
Purpose: This is a compilation of essays by a variety of contributors on the theoretical explication of Murray Bowen's concept of the emotional triangle and its applications.
Audience: Family therapists and trainees appear to be the targeted audience. The editor has been the editor of three books on Bowen family theory and his research interests include triangles, emotional cutoff, and obesity. All but one of the contributors have had direct contact with Murray Bowen.
Features: This is a comprehensive look at the concept of triangles that will be useful for individuals with a solid background in family systems theory and who understand genograms. There are numerous figures, such as family diagrams, which add clarity to the content. Part II is fascinating because not only is Murray Bowen's family analyzed in terms of triangles but so are the families of the contributors to that section as well. The book is full of wonderful case material, including that of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin, the leadership triangle involved in the Bolshevik revolution. Even the 9-11 terrorists are analyzed in terms of emotional triangles.
Assessment: This book is excellent for students of family systems theory, especially for those who are passionate about Murray Bowen's theory. It is not easy reading but well worth the effort. It is practical and the authors show how to identify and analyze emotional triangles in different contexts, no easy task.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136862267
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 612
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

About the Editor

Chapter 1. The Concept of the Triangle in Bowen Theory: An Overview (Peter Titelman)
Bowen's Movement from Psychoanalytic to Systems Theory: From the Individual to the Dyad to the Triangle
The Concept of Triangles in the Context of Bowen Theory
The Relationship Between the Concept of the Triangle and Other Concepts in Bowen Theory
The Process and Application of Detriangling

Chapter 2. The Regulatory Function of the Triangle (Laurie L. Lassiter)
The Triangle in Other Species
The Undifferentiated
A Broader View of the Triangle's Function
The Triangle and Increasing Differentiation-of-Self
A Clinical Example

Chapter 3. Triangles in Vervet Monkey Family Systems (Lynn A. Fairbanks)
Vervet Monkey Triadic Relationships

Chapter 4. Bowen's Effort to Differentiate a Self: Detriangling from Triangles and Interlocking Triangles (Peter Titelman)
A History of Triangles in the Luff-Bowen Family and Business
Bowen's Detriangling Efforts Over a Twelve-Year Period: 1954-1966
Bowen's Breakthrough Experience, Detriangling from Interlocking Triangles: 1966-1967

Chapter 5. Exploring Emotional Triangles in Past Generations of a Family (James B. Smith)
Differentiating a Self
Father's Family of Origin
Mother's Family of Origin
Author's Family of Origin

Chapter 6. Triangles at the Time of a Chronic Illness and Death (Anthony J. Wilgus)
Family Data
Significant Triangles
Principles and Detriangling

Chapter 7. Efforts to Understand Early Triangles in the Therapist's Extended Family (James C. Maloni)
The Malonis and the Pistillis
From Italian to American Triangles
Levels of Functioning and Triangles
Multigenerational Emotional Process and Triangles
Impact on the Therapist's Work

Chapter 8. Triangles Revisited (Jack LaForte)
Triangle 1: Mother, Father, and Son
Triangle 2: Husband, Wife, and Child
The Emergence of Interlocking Triangles
Summary of the Early Family of Origin Work
The Follow-Up to the Effort
Nodal Event: Shifts in the Balance
An Effort to Bridge the Emotional Cutoff Between Son and Mother

Chapter 9. Observation of Triangles in a Human-Canine Pack (Linda M. Fleming)
Members of the Pack
Establishment of the Pack
Identifying the Triangle
Interlocking Triangles
Social Status Change and Symptom Formation

Chapter 10. Triangles in Marriage (Phil Klever)
Factors Contributing to Triangling in Marriage
Common Marital Triangles
The Clinical Work with Marital Triangles
Clinical Example

Chapter 11. Child Focus: Triangles That Come and Stay (Eva Louise Rauseo)
Consultation with Bowen Theory
Clinical Reports

Chapter 12. Triangles in Stepfamilies (Kathleen Cauley)
The Therapist's Position as Stepdaughter and Stepmother: Knowing the Blind Spots
Clinical Application: Does Differentiation Make a Difference?
Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 13. Triangles in Families with Substance Abusing Teenagers (Anne S. McKnight)
Substance Abuse in Families
The Concept of the Triangle in Clinical Work

Chapter 14. A Family Affair: Triangles in Extramarital Relationships (Eileen B. Gottlieb)
Extramarital Relationships
A Family Affair
Case Studies

Chapter 15. Siblings Triangles and Leadership in a Family Business (Peter Titelman)
Leadership in Family Business
The Application of Bowen Theory Concepts for Understanding and Working with Family Business
The Family Business and Its Presenting Problems
History of the Family in Business
The Consultation Format and the Consultant's Functions
Course of the Consultation

Chapter 16. The Business of Triangles (Leslie Ann Fox)
The Company
Systems-Based Approach to Managing Business Relationships
A Systems-Based Consulting Approach

Chapter 17. Triangles in the Academy (Ona Cohn Bregman)
The Setting
Operationalizing the Triangles

Chapter 18. Triangles in Societal Emotional Process with an Example from the Russian Revolution (Katharine Gratwick Baker)
Introduction and Overview
Definitions and Theoretical Considerations
Triangles and Emotional Process in Society
An Historical Example
Emotional Triangles in Three Families
Triangles in the Realm of Ideas
Succession and the Consolidation of Power

Chapter 19. The Triangle As the Cornerstone of the Government of the United States of America (Edward W. Beal)
The Debate Over the War for Independence
Who Would Be Governed?
How the Government Would Run
Period of Anxiety
Development of the Constitution
The Relationship Between the Separation of Powers Triangle and the Three-Fifths Triangle

Chapter 20. Triangles, Leadership, and the United States Supreme Court (Ann V. Nicholson)
Bowen Theory, Emotional Process, and the Triangle
The Emotional Process on the Court, Triangles in Action, and the Impact of Leadership
Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
The Stone and Vinson Courts 1941-1953

Chapter 21. 9/11: Societal Emotional Process and Interlocking Triangles (Carol Moran)
Societal Emotional Process
Interlocking Triangles
The Citizen Self
Appendix: A Key for the Family Diagram and Emotional Process Symbols
Reference Notes Included

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