Murray Bowen extended family systems theory in the 1970s to include the study of how societies impact and are affected by individual, family, and larger environmental forces. Population explosion, the disappearance of new lands to colonize, depletion of raw material necessary to sustain life, and a growing awareness that “spaceship earth” cannot support technology and our lifestyles are factors that Dr. Bowen identified as indicators of man’s disharmony with nature.
Those students of the Bowen theory who have a particular interest in Societal Emotional Process can use this series for further research, writing and presenting about the relationship between families, societies, and their sustaining environments.
This seminar will use the Bowen theory. Systems thinking, and Bowen’s theory-building method to better understand and better address social, political, and ecological challenges of increasing urgency in today’s world. Participants will examine such issues as depletion of the environment, responses to sustained anxiety, and the study of the human species adapting to its environment. Participants will be encouraged to select a focus that allows them to make use of the family diagram and family research in light of societal and environmental events in the history of their own family.