Of Triangles and Families

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 326. Reviews the book, Family Therapy in Clinical Practice by Murray Bowen (1978). This volume is a collection of what author describes as his “most important papers from 1957 to 1977.” The author tells us about his clinical observations and his theoretical formulations. A concept of central importance to his theory involves the notion of ego-fusion within the family, a dimension referring to a lack of emotional and cognitive separateness at one extreme and the differentiation of self at the opposite extreme. Almost all psychopathology is seen to derive from families in which there is a high level of ego-fusion. The real gem in this collection of articles is the chapter in which author describes an intervention with his own family of origin. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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