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Emotional Cutoff : Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives
Titelman, Peter (Edt)
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 2003-06-01 / 0789014602
Couple & Family Studies
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Widen your therapeutic focus and help your family therapy clients learn to bridge generational separation!

This book delivers professional insights on one of the least understood but most important of Bowen's concepts—emotional cutoff. The first book on this subject, Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives examines this aspect of Bowen family system theory and shows how emotional cutoff can be understood and addressed in therapy.

Emotional Cutoff also provides beneficial case examples, empirically based studies, helpful figures, and family diagrams. This information-packed volume includes a chapter by the developers of Family of Origin Response Survey (FORS)—an instrument that measures the degree to which one is emotionally reactive to their mother or father—that outlines the process and its scoring methodology and demonstrates its reliability. The book also includes chapters on emotional cutoff and societal processes—and even how emotional cutoff manifests in the animal kingdom!

From the editor: “In this book, the phenomenon of emotional cutoff is explored from many perspectives. The contributors have illustrated the presence of cutoff in non-human species, in relation to evolutionary theory, brain physiology, reproduction, in the lives of therapists and the individuals and families they work with in clinical practice, and in societal emotional process—in a variety of contexts. In addition, the development of an instrument for measuring emotional cutoff is presented.”

Emotional Cutoff is a comprehensive examination of this fascinating aspect of Bowen family systems theory, including:
a theoretical overview—as well as a look at cutoff in various animal species and an examination of the way the physiology of the human brain is related to the phenomenon of emotional cutoff
bridging emotional cutoff in the therapist's own family, as related by three Bowen systems therapists and a genealogist who is trained in Bowen theory—essential reading for all therapists!
research and clinical applications—including interventions you can put into practice right away with clients who are dealing with divorce, depression, domestic violence, or child abuse
societal applications—a look at emotional cutoff and societal process in Russian citizens, in Holocaust survivors, in immigrants, and in Israeli/Palestinian relations
Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives provides exciting possibilities for treating emotional cutoff in people trying to manage their unresolved issues. It is an essential resource for family therapists, counselors, pastoral counselors, family-oriented psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses.
Reviews: “GET THIS BOOK TODAY. YOUR CLIENTS AND STUDENTS WILL THANK YOU. Just reading the table of contents made me want to stand up and cheer! Everything is covered—the theory, its clinical, research, and societal applications, its connection to the world of science, and the importance of the therapist's own family. The discussion of emotional cutoff and its link to other concepts of Bowen theory is VERY CLEARLY WRITTEN, and throughout the book, many clinical case examples are given with excellent family diagrams. This is a book FOR THERAPISTS, FOR STUDENTS OF THERAPY, AND FOR CLIENTS TOO. I was especially pleased to see the chapters on bridging cutoff after divorce since this is often a hard sell to clients, mired as they are in the anger and problems generated by divorce. Chapters like these are worth their weight in gold when it comes to helping clients decide to undertake this difficult work.”
Betty Carter, MSW, Director Emerita, Family Institute of Westchester, New York

“A GOOD PRIMER FOR STUDENTS and especially for those interested in Bowen family systems theory. This book celebrates what I call 'the magic of connectedness.' It is magical because it brings people alive and dispels depression beyond our fondest expectations. This book on cutoff explores the continuum from distance and isolation at one end to closeness and intimacy without fusion at the other end.”
Thomas F. Fogarty, MD, Associate Director, Center for Family Learning, Rye Brook, New York

Contents:
About the Editor
Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Theory
Chapter 1. Emotional Cutoff in Bowen Family Systems Theory: An Overview
Introduction
The Origin and Evolution of the Concept of Emotional Cutoff in Bowen Theory
The Theoretical Context for the Concepts of Fusion and Cutoff
The Concepts of Emotional Fusion and Emotional Cutoff in Bowen Theory
The Relationship Between Emotional Cutoff and the Other Concepts in Bowen Theory
Symptom Formation and the Continuum of Emotional Cutoff
Bridging Emotional Cutoff
Summary
Chapter 2. Lone Wolves and Rogue Elephants: Emotional Cutoff Among Animals
Introduction
Solitary Behavior in the Animal World
Conclusion
Chapter 3. Emotional Cutoff and the Brain
Introduction
The Human Brain
Emotional Cutoff and Brain Development
Emotional Cutoff and Brain Functioning
Clinical Example
Emotional Cutoff in Clinical Work
Summary
Part II: The Therapist’s Own Family
Chapter 4. Efforts to Bridge Secondary Emotional Cutoff
Introduction
A First Cousin Once Removed: A Resource for Multigenerational History and the Discovery of Cutoff in the Family
Bridging Emotional Cutoff with an Aunt
Beginning Efforts to Bridge Cutoff with Two First Cousins
Conclusion
Chapter 5. Toward Undoing Cutoff: A Twenty-Five Year Perspective
Introduction
Mr. A’s Family History As Known in 1976
Mr. A’s History Through the Lens of Theory
Initial Steps to Undo Cutoff
Summary and Conclusion
Chapter 6. Bridging Cutoff with Divorced Relationships and with Family
Early Experience with Bowen Theory
A First Attempt to Put Theory to the Test
Bridging Cutoff with My Own Family
Results of Family Cutoff Work
Work for the Future
Chapter 7. Managing Cutoff Through Family Research
Shift from Individual to Systems Thinking
Researching the Cutoffs
Identifying Successful and Unsuccessful Approaches to Cutoffs
Identifying Variability in Functioning
Summary: Principles and Benefits of Managing Cutoff Through Family Research
Part III: Research and Clinical Applications
Chapter 8. Toward Understanding and Measuring Emotional Cutoff
Introduction
Emotional Cutoff Rooted in Evolution and Emotional Reactivity
Research Instrument
Development of the Scale
Validity and Reliability
Summary
Chapter 9. Marital Functioning and Multigenerational Fusion and Cutoff
Parent-Child Fusion and Separation—The Prelude and Backdrop to Marriage
The Effects of Cutoff on Marriage
Clinical Work with Emotional Cutoff
Conclusion
Chapter 10. Reproduction and Emotional Cutoff
Introduction
Bowen Theory and Emotional Cutoff
The Study of Bowen Theory and Reproduction
Family Examples from Research and Clinical Practice
Conclusion
Chapter 11. The Impact of Cutoff in Families Raising Adolescents
Introduction
Concepts from Bowen Theory
Outline of a Study
Some Considerations and Conclusions
Chapter 12. The Continuum of Emotional Cutoff in Divorce
The Complexity of Divorce
The Perspective of Bowen Theory
Emotional Cutoff and Divorce
Concluding Comment
Chapter 13. Depression: A Symptom of Cutoff in Relationship Processes
Introduction
Bowen Theory and the Therapist’s Own Emotional Functioning
Clinical Case
Conclusion
Chapter 14. Emotional Cutoff and Domestic Violence
Introduction
Defining Terms and Processes
Bowen Theory and Its Relevance for Understanding Domestic Violence
Clinical Case Examples
Summary
Chapter 15. Emotional Cutoff and Family Stability: Child Abuse in Family Emotional Process
Introduction
Definitions and Background Ideas
Threats and Family Stability
Cutoff and Family Emotional Regression
Managing Cutoff and Family Emotional Regression in Professional Settings
Summary
Part IV: Societal Applications
Chapter 16. Emotional Cutoff and Societal Process: Russia and the Soviet Union As an Example
Introduction
Definitions of the Concepts
The Relationship Between the Concepts of Emotional Cutoff and Societal Process
An Example of Emotional Cutoff at the Societal Level: Russia and the Soviet Union
Can the Concept of Emotional Cutoff Provide a Generic Way of Understanding Societal Disruptions?
Chapter 17. Migration and Emotional Cutoff
Introduction
Animal Studies
From Animals to Humans
Emotional Cutoff
Migration and Emotional Cutoff
Family Examples
Bowen Theory, the Relationship System, and Patterns of Migration
Conclusion
Chapter 18. Emotional Cutoff in Holocaust Survivors: Relationships and Viability
Introduction
Emotional Cutoff and Holocaust Survivors
Case Histories
Conclusion
Chapter 19. Israeli-Palestinian Relations: A Bowen Theory Perspective
Introduction
Bonner’s Concepts of Integration and Isolation
Bowen Concepts That Are Relevant to Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives
Application of Bowen Theory
Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks and Societal Process
Conclusion
Appendix: A Key for the Family Diagram Symbols
Index
Reference Notes Included

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