Bowen Family Systems Theory for Differentiated Evaluatoin
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Bowen incorporated a theoretical scale for differentiation evaluation. A person with a lesser degree of undifferentiation has a weak identity or weak sense of self (Fritzlan, 1990). The larger amount of undifferentiation or differentiated, a person is more fused with others and has a common sense of self. An example is a person with a strong sense of themselves has the ability to express themselves clearly, which Bowen calls the solid self (Fritzlan, 1990). Bowen indicates this type of person will not compromise their self or beliefs for their family or other people. A person on the low end of scale below tend to have their emotions and intellect blending into their life and are controlled by people’s feelings which surround them…show more content…
A conscious level can be teaching other family member whereas an unconscious level is emotional behaviors or reactions (Bowen Theory, 2014). Parents actively shape their children while children respond to their parent attitudes, moods and actions. The consequence of parents shaping their children is parents cause their children to have the same level of differentiation as the parents. The children may then seek out mates with the same level of differentiation as mentioned in nuclear family emotional process. The levels of differentiation becomes more distinct over multigenerational as the differentiation is repeated through generations (Bowen Theory, 2014). The different levels of differentiation can affect the whole life functions of a multigenerational family from marital stability, longevity, health, reproduction, educational success or failure, and occupational success (Bowen Theory, 2014). The transmission occurring through multigenerational not only affect an individual’s sense of self but how the interact with other people.
The concept of triangles is the central part of Bowen’s family theory. The theory of triangles means a three person relationship and is considered the smallest established relationship (Brown, 2014). The two person relationship is considered unstable because it endures only a small amount of tension before a third individual becomes involved in the relationship (Bowen Theory, 2014). Triangling