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Commitment to Principles: The Letters of Murray Bowen

Clarence Boyd

"I’m more interested in thinking about thinking. That is what drives my interest.…

All these letters have principles in them. How does one stay so focused on one's principles for such a long period of time without wavering and without getting off track or going sideways rather than forward. That was the gist behind the title — Commitment to Principles."

All Sections

Foreword, by Joanne Bowen

Introduction (Posted October 15, 2016)

1 – "Another Way of Thinking"—The Nature of the Lens (Posted October 15, 2016)

2 – History and Process (Posted December 3, 2016)

3 – System, System, Who Has the System? (Posted December 11, 2016)

4 – Group Therapy and Family Therapy (Posted December 18, 2016)

5 – Life Forces (Posted December 26, 2016)

6 – Which Family Were You Born Into? (Posted January 2, 2017)

7 – Who is in Your Family? (Posted January 9, 2017)

8 – Family, Anxiety, and Schizophrenia (Posted January 16, 2017)

9 – Schizophrenia, The Family, and Psychotherapy: A Serious Way of Wondering (Posted January 23, 2017)

10 – The Lady in the Fire (Posted January 30, 2017)

11 – Family System Theory, Physical Health and Illness (Posted February 6, 2017)

12 – Which World Do You Live In? (Posted February 12, 2017)

13 – One Way of Thinking About Therapy (Posted February 19, 2017)

14 – Responsibility, the Environment, Medication (Posted February 26, 2017)

15 – Principles or Leaps of Faith? (Posted March 4, 2017)

16 – What Makes It So Hard? (Posted March 12, 2017)

17 – The Lone Ranger (Posted March 26, 2017)

18 – The Motivated One (Posted April 2, 2017)

19 – Assumptions and Therapy Approaches (Posted April 9, 2017)

20 – Responsibility of the Motivated One (Posted April 16, 2017)

21 – Dr. Bowen as Therapist (Posted April 23, 2017)

22 – An O. Henry Story (Posted April 30, 2017)

23 – State of the Union and Dead-End Alleys (Posted May 7, 2017)

24 – Eyes, Consciousness, Anxiety, and Survival (Posted May 14, 2017)

25 – Thinking, Assumptions, Relationships, and Decisions (Posted May 21, 2017)

26 – Symptom Relief and Environmental Forces (Posted May 28, 2017)

27 – Brain Changes (Posted June 4, 2017)

28 – Tip of the Iceberg (Posted June 11, 2017)

29 – Payment for Services Rendered (Posted June 18, 2017)

30 – Content, Process, and Inheritance (Posted June 25, 2017)

31 – Perpetuation of Multigenerational Phenomena Through the Lens of Alcoholism (Posted July 5, 2017)

32 – Marriage and the Family Emotional System (Posted July 10, 2017)

33 – Stuckness in Triangles (Posted July 17, 2017)

34 – Triangles are Alive and Well (Posted July 24, 2017)

35 – The Therapist and Triangles (Posted July 31, 2017)

36 – Staying Out and Being Connected (Posted August 7, 2017)

37 – Land Mines (Posted August 14, 2017)

38 – Learning in Connections (Posted August 21, 2017)

39 – Alone in No-Man's Land (Posted August 28, 2017)

40 – What to do with "The Dr. Bowen Thing?" (Posted September 4, 2017)

41 – Managing Differernces Via Clarity of Principles (Posted September 11, 2017)

42 – Principles, Content, and the Packers (Posted September 18, 2017)

43 – Getting It Versus Keeping on, Keeping on (Posted September 25, 2017)

44 – Theory and Hearing (Posted October 2, 2017)

45 – Can Family Systems Theory and Therapy Exist Outside the Washington, DC Beltway? (Posted October 9, 2017)

46 – Personal Feelings in a Factual Way (Posted October 16, 2017)

47 – Anxiety, Processes, and Difference: "I'm Right, You're Wrong" (Posted October 23, 2017)

 

 

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