#6: Back to basics: Fundamental concepts in family systems theory

This week, while Avrum continues to promote his book Learning to Commit, Lorna and therapy intern Michael Nelson have a discussion touching on some of the basic ideas behind Family Systems Theory:

  • Symptom generation in the relationship system.
  • The consequences of cut off in the individual and the family.
  • Giving up of self to preserve harmony.

“What is helping in Family Systems Theory?”
“I would say to you that the withdrawal, the fear of rocking the boat, can lead to problem drinking or drug use, any addictive behavior, depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms.”
“What is unresolved in one generation gets played out in the next.”

Bowen, M. (1978). Family therapy in clinical practice. New York: J. Aronson. 

Home. (2015, September 4). Retrieved November 23, 2015, from http://lornahecht.com/ 

Nadigel, A. (2015). Learning to commit: The best time to work on your marriage is when you're single. Self-Counsel Press, (November 7, 2015).