I often find myself thinking about Charles Darwin and Murray Bowen and their ability to see the world from a different point of view. They are not unique in their ability to do this but it is a rare quality.
“The therapist’s theoretical assumptions about the nature and origin of emotional illness serve as a blueprint that guides his thinking and actions during psychotherapy.” — Murray Bowen, page 337 Family Therapy in clinical Practice
When I began to teach Bowen family systems theory in Texas in the early 1990’s, people would walk out when I mentioned the evolutionary history of the family.
In an earlier seminar, one of the participants responded to a query, “What would tilt people toward systems thinking?” by stating, “When there is an understanding that “man” is a part of nature; man is part of other living things.”
Victoria Harrison has pursued research projects using Bowen theory to better understand symptoms that impact health and reproduction since 1980. The history of health problems in her own family and the opportunity to work with families experiencing infertility related to various diagnoses fueled what has become a life’s work.