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on December 18, 2016
The eight concepts of Bowen theory are some of the most important components to help one's self become more aware of his or her inherited emotional formation and reactivity. Every person grows up in a family context of attitudes, dominant narratives, and reactivity. To know such information allows one to assess their family anxieties, emotional landscape, and relational issues and cut-offs. In doing so, one then can then become aware that his or her own emotional reactivity, etc. is the fruit which is produced from the seeds planted when one is a child and teenager. To know such things gives a person the opportunity to decide whether he or she wants to engage practices so as to move from their present circumstance into one they hope to achieve.
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on September 15, 2017
This is a remarkable brief read that will provide an introduction into yourself, society, family and how to address this difficult places in all of our lives. By no means is this a comprehensive book but it does begin the process for those who are truly in search of re-authoring and understanding your story. As a Christian I also find this approach consistent with Scripture while not claiming to be on the same authoritative level as Scripture.
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on December 24, 2012
From the 1940 until his death in 1990, Murray Bowen pioneered an exciting paradigm for understanding how human relationships are governed by an individual's emotions and the stew of emotions created in the interaction between two or more individuals.

While his theory is made up of only eight key concepts, the networking between the eight can be quite complex.

Roberta M Gilbert created a magnificent contribution to students of Murray Bowen in her book, "The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory." Gilbert is able to increase one's understanding of Bowen's theory in this short, 127 page book (including the excellent index), She offers easily understood definitions of the concepts, explores the inter-relatedness of the various concepts, and demonstrates through anecdotes how one individual caught in a highly charged emotional tangle can change his/her emotional response but also open the door for others to respond in a more mature, wholesome manner.

Whether one is just becoming acquainted with Bowen or is an advanced student of Murray Bowen's theory, this is a book that will be well used in applying the eight concepts to one's own life or in clinical practice.

I am excited by the book and am sure most other readers will be as well.
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on November 25, 2015
Outstanding description of the basics of Bowen theory! Everyone interested in learning about the 8 interlocking concepts must read this primer. It is not only a great introduction for the curious or novice but also for the seasoned researcher or clinician or person who is using theory to develop more of a self and strengthen their relationships as a reminder and to avoid theoretical drift.
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on March 1, 2014
I am a first year master's student in Marriage and Family Therapy at East Carolina University. This book was suggested to me by a doctoral candidate. This book presents a wonderful and concise overview of basic Bowen theory. The author writes in an easily understandable manner that is conducive in creating a basic framework for the understanding of Bowen Theory. It is in no way an exhaustive look into the theory but I believe the intent of the author is fully accomplished in the 115 or so pages this book has. I strongly suggest newcomers to Bowen theory start with this book and continue on to read more complicated writings afterward.
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on January 29, 2017
If you are interested in Bowen systems theory, even if it's just trying to find out what the analytical framework is about, you will be hard-pressed to find a better introduction than this book. The concepts, their implications, and ideas for application are all laid out in a well-structured manner for anyone to read.
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on May 26, 2014
This is an excellent introduction to the eight primary principles of Family Systems Theory. Gilbert gets into a little homophobia at the end of the book, yet given her age and her generation, I won't let that hinder my appreciation for her treatment of the eight core concepts and the clarity she offers. -Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide)
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on September 10, 2016
Seriously - a primer for positive changes for the rest of our lives! It is a quick and easy reference book, gives the outline of the concepts. Being reminded of them periodically will help enable people to grow in all areas of life! It is a book to help look within and also see what is really going on around us!
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on March 13, 2008
Gilbert's text is probably the best short treatise on Bowen natural systems theory. I appreciate the clarity and brevity in this book. It gets right to the point and provides enough adequate examples for explaining the theory. It is probably insufficient for individuals more versed in the theory; however, several of my students have commented on its accessibility for them as novices. This is a great resource for introduction and review of the theory from someone who studied with Murray Bowen himself. For a more scientific perspective on Bowen, see "Is Bowen Theory Valid? A Review of Basic Research" in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2004) by Miller, Anderson, and Kaulana Keala.
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on November 12, 2014
Wonderful book. Helped me improve many of my relationships with not only family members but with coworkers as well. It's easy to fall into classic dysfunctional patterns with people, but Bowen Theory helps promote recognizing these roles and breaking out of them. Anyone who is interested in Taoism, Buddhism, Waking Down, or simply having healthier interpersonal relationships should check out this book. Very accessible and useful!
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