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Emotional Cutoff


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Table of 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 SeparationThe 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 Stabilit

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Titelman, Peter

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