Family Systems Theory Essays On Music

Essay on Family Systems Theory

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The family structure is made up of individuals living together in intimate groups with the purpose of caring and supporting each other. Rules and boundaries, spoken and unspoken, are developed by the family members. Family rules and boundaries change and shift over time in order to evolve and grow as a family unit. Some changes are subtle, but some events force major change within the family system. This paper applies the concepts of systems theory to the family system in the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Reese Witherspoon (Melanie Smooter) and Josh Lucas (Jake Perry) star in this heart-warming film telling a story of a young woman who flees from Alabama to reinvent herself in New York City as a high fashion designer. She leaves behind…show more content…

The second family consists of a mother-son system. The mother is a wealthy, prominent Judge in New York City and her son is the cities most eligible bachelor running for political office. The second system’s boundaries are ridged; other systems have a difficult time being accepted by and into the family. Family information is guarded and the family system is difficult to penetrate.
Open Systems In the examples given above, two family systems exist. Both are considered to be open systems, however, one is more open than the other. Each system has a boundary which is open to some varying extent. This openness makes it possible for other systems and information to pass into and out of its system. Input from within a family or from other systems puts pressure on the family to make changes. Sometimes these changes are not wanted and disrupt the family dynamic.
Closed Systems “If not enough change is allowed to occur, the system is said to be closed.”(Becvar & Becvar, 1999, p. 23) While there is no type of system which is entirely closed, there are some systems that lack beneficial energy or input to stay balanced.
Entropy
Entropy is a term used to describe a force that is present in all family systems. If the system is lacking a sufficient amount of social exchange, the family relationship tends to weaken and breakdown. Melanie and Jake are a perfect example of entropy. They

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"This collection, including Dr. Titelman's comprehensive and insightful review, shows the depth and breadth of differentiation of self as an emotional process with deep origins in the history of life, and as a scientific concept and variable. There is likely little in the way of human emotional life and functioning that is not mediated by differentiation of self, and these papers reflect work long in progress in which the impact of differentiation is observed in physiology, psychology, behavior and relationships in the context of emotional systems."–Laura Havstad, PhD, Executive Director, Programs in Bowen Theory, Sebastopol, California

"Titelman’s team comprehensively describes various views of Bowen family systems theory. Readers will find the chapters fascinating and instructive. This book is for serious students who want to learn about differentiation." --

Edward W. Beal, MD, The Bowen Center for the Study of Family; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine; Co-author,Adult Children of Divorce

"Titelman is to be admired for his long-term study of Bowen's concepts and methods of differentiation. This book, the latest of his texts, is an anthology of the work of Bowen's students and Titelman's colleagues as they attempt to ford the stream of life's stresses and emotional processes."

– Philip J. Guerin Jr., MD; Author,Family Therapy: Theory and Practice; Co-author, Working with Relationship Triangles: The One-Two-Three of Psychotherapy; Co-Editor,The Evaluation and Treatment of Marital Conflict: A Four-Stage Approach

"This collection of papers about differentiation of self is a rich exploration of the utility and complexity of this theoretical construct. Dr. Bowen, in his final professional interview, spoke of the common misunderstandings about this concept as people are prone to treat it clumsily rather than seriously. He entreated some to take over the effort to understand it and to do the best they can with it. The writers of this collection have risen to this entreaty through their own research, personal observations and connection with the sciences. Bowen’s original research and writing is honored while at the same time each writer has made the theory his or her own. The diversity of applications speaks to the far reaching relevance of what goes into differentiation of self. Through this volume, the world will have better access to this theory for understanding human functioning within the full spectrum of relationship contexts, from the family to the larger society."

--Jenny Brown, MSW, PhD candidate UNSW, Director of the Family Systems Institute, Sydney Australia; Author,Growing Yourself Up: How to Bring Your Best to All of Life’s Relationships

"This volume on differentiation is the latest of Peter Titelman's multiple volumes on Bowen Theory. Dr. Titelman has chosen many of the well-known writers on the topic. This text offers a comprehensive view of the theory from the clinical and research parameters. Readers will be exposed to an in-depth view of differentiation and Bowen Theory." --

Paulina McCullough, MSW, ACSW, Executive Director Emeritus, Western Pennsylvania Family Center

"Differentiation of Self

assembles a stellar array of essays, by some of the top Bowen theory practitioners, illuminating a key concept of systems thinking. The book will be valuable for therapists, clergy, and other leaders who have found family systems theory to provide a reliable compass for navigating the challenges of family, congregational, and organizational life in these increasingly anxious times. It is essential reading for all who want to deepen their understanding of the concept of differentiation, as a foundation for staying on course in the ongoing effort to be true to self, while honoring others."
-- Rev. Richard Blackburn, Executive Director, Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

"Titelman's books are the appetizer to the main course, which is Dr. Bowen's own writings. I have no doubt that this book on 'differentiation of self,' will be the same. Titelman has brought together many of the 'heavy hitters' in this volume, who know well and write well about the theory and practice of this seminal idea. It is a welcome addition to this field of study." --

James B. Smith, MS, Director, Western Pennsylvania Family Center

"This is a book well worth reading for anyone who knows Bowen Theory and for all those who want to understand more about the underlying processes that Bowen described."

--Ann D. Bunting, PhD, Founder, Vermont Center for Family Studies

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