Patricia Hanes Meyer has worked in Northern Virginia for the past forty plus years. Her mission has been to bring knowledge from Bowen Family Systems Theory to all aspects of her work whether in psychotherapy, teaching, writing, or lecturing. Bowen Theory’s capacity to define the complexity found in human functioning makes it possible to discover predictable patterns in emotional systems, whether in a family, community, or work system. That combined with the importance Bowen Theory puts on assessing the intensity, severity, and duration of chronic and acute anxiety in a system makes it possible to define the nature of an emotional system, and the nature of emotional patterns in self. Once patterns can be identified, it becomes possible to assess their outcomes in one’s life and relationships. Further, it quickly becomes possible to identify which patterns are causing dysfunction. With this clarity, decisions can be made about areas in one’s life which need to be changed. Building new patterns of functioning, replacing the old patterns, becomes the work of building a more solid self.
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