Bowen and Dr. Michael Kerr described a clear difference between
one's "Basic Self" and one's "Functional Self."
times of low stress, we tend to function better: our relationships
exhibit more connection, we behave more in accord with our values
and our "True Self," our bodies are healthier within the
limits of our genetic predispositions, and we think more clearly
in both the personal and productive areas of our lives.
(or anxiety) is higher, any of our "systems" may suffer:
relationships become discordant, we lose the sense of living our
"True Self," we suffer physical and emotional symptoms
based on our genetic make-up, and we react more emotionally and
automatically rather than with clear thinking and planning.
"systems" that may be affected are the genetic, physiological,
individual, interpersonal, familial, societal, and cultural.
your "Best Self" requires an awareness of your starting
point, who you are within the context of your relationships, both
historically and in the present. Operating from an understanding
of your emotional processes and working on "Self" permits
you to gain choices within the various and interacting "systems"
of your life and to maximize your functioning.
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