Think Tank Presentations

What does Bowen Theory Academy (BTA) do? BTA provides learning opportunities for people new to the theory as well as those interested in developing and extending Bowen theory. The following presentations from BTA’s Think Tank and this year’s upcoming conference are described below.

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What is Think Tank?
The Think Tank is by invitation only, which is due in part to the limitations of the technology

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Terminology and Aspects of Differentiation
An important but difficult-to-define concept in the theory is differentiation of self. Different terms are used in Bowen’s writings to touch on this concept

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Reflections on Territorial Behavior
Material needs are limited, and, according to Paul Ehrlich, "there is little indication that, beyond a certain point, consuming more and more produces more satisfaction. Yet for some, the pursuit of material wealth appears to be almost unlimited

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How Do I Know I’m Wrong When I’m Convinced I’m Right?
In keeping with Dr. Bowen’s warnings for people to avoid relying on his original theoretical formulation as their primary source of knowledge, this paper is my continued effort to reach outside of Bowen theory literature and make contact with current scientific research on the human

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Towards a Natural Systems Theory of Cancer
If chronic anxiety escalates in a relationship system, the system becomes dominated by less thoughtful and more reactive ways of interacting that are older in an evolutionary sense than the advanced complex behaviors of a well-functioning relationship system

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Research Supporting a Link Between Chronic Anxiety and Cancer Progression
Bowen theory suggests that chronic anxiety—generated in the relationship system, but disproportionately absorbed by one family member—activates the sympathetic nervous system

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