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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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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How Does Bowen Theory Speak to Societal Regression
Arguably, societal regression in America is particularly evident in heightened levels of a polarized public, and corresponding polarity in our elected officials. The case can be made that this polarity has steadily increased since 9/11/2001

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The Family Projection Process
A certain amount of anxious focus on a child occurs in all families.  It is in the nature of the human offspring to need quite a lot of care for quite a long time. The degree of intensity of the attachment between mother and child, within the mother-father-child triangle, is key to the degree to which the child develops a mature self

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