Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today I am inaugurating my blog, “societal studies with Bowen theory.” On it I will be posting efforts to develop “a beginning theory about society as an emotional system” based on the theoretical natural systems framework for studying human emotional systems developed by the psychiatrist Murray Bowen (1913-1990). I will also post case studies that document attempts to apply that beginning theory to understanding pressing societal challenges, especially those that affect the ecological systems on which humans depend for survival, security or well being. Reading suggestions and some book reviews will also be posted from time to time.
Called Bowen family systems theory (“Bowen theory” or just plain “theory”), this natural systems framework allows exploration of human emotional functioning at multiple levels, including the societal and ecological levels. I hope one day to have a corpus of work that others may find useful as they try to understand and deal with complex human phenomena that have the potential to compromise many life forms on which humans depend for their existence.
I have been applying Bowen theory for many years both personally and professionally. In recent years, extending my capacity to apply Bowen theory to societal questions has become a singular focus and passion. A lawyer by training, I have been engaged in multi-party negotiations at the international level aimed at addressing questions that relate to the human’s safe and secure use of complex technology. I have also worked in the development of domestic regulations to govern such use. Bowen theory has informed those efforts and, I believe, enhanced their quality.
I hope the blog will provide a forum for others interested in societal studies with Bowen theory to contribute to development of such a beginning theory about society as an emotional system. With this inaugural entry, I invite you to do so.