reflections on systems

October 20, 2019

Words, like seeds, may be lovely or scary invading monsters with deep roots. Words may offer you information, greater awareness, more responsibility for self or even a deep understanding of your predicament. New ideas in mental health do not fit with the way we have le...

September 11, 2019

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, family firms account for 90% of all business enterprises in North America, with 55 million in the United States alone. Family business contribute 57% of our GDP and employ 63% of our workforce, a whopping 98 million people in all....

August 2, 2019

Inheritance reflects the time individuals have spent considering the

future impact of what they do now on future generations. At the most negative end people use their wills as a way to punish people. They cut out the ones who annoyed them and reward the ones who were p...

June 17, 2019

What goes on in a family that produces a mass murderer or severe symptoms of any type? Were the family members cut off, over-controlled, over-protected, physically abused, despised? Were they kings, queens or just a prince or princess? Were they suffering from an emoti...

Rave reviews from their first video blog titled “Three Failures on a Couch” prompted the faculty of Navigating Systems to continue their dialogue addressing the real-world application of Bowen Family Systems Theory to family and professional life.

Episode 1: - Why Bothe...

February 12, 2019

As with love so with fear, with indignation, jealousy, ambition, worship, if they are there, life changes. - William James

Is it possible that our lives are predetermined by our emotional reactivity to others? If so what can we learn from considering that to some e...

January 8, 2019

Imagine a 24-hour ceasefire in which historical family upsets, with all their accumulated hostilities, are tabled. Imagine all of us letting go of the anger and the slights — even temporarily —to approach our family members, willing to relate to them as fellow humans....

October 25, 2018

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. - E. E. Cummings

Laws that govern man’s emotional functioning are as ord...

September 11, 2018

My friend and colleague, Charlie Collier, died this summer on August 2nd. It was not unexpected, but just the same, news of his passing left a deep sadness.

August 7, 2018

Each participant in Navigating Systems has the opportunity to do two neurofeedback sessions during each of the three on-site training times. Neurofeedback decreases the reactivity present to the group and to new ideas; it promotes less reactivity often present in the g...

June 27, 2018

Family businesses and family members in general are often faced with conflict that seems to come out of the blue but may have been a part of the way the family has interacted for a long time. People have a hard time seeing relationships and how they work until there is...

March 27, 2018

We have been tuned by evolutionary process to be guided by clues and to act automatically. To perceive the world more accurately takes time and effort. The way our brain interprets the world around us is through cognitive biases.[i] They are in our brains, little...

February 19, 2018

Mention the topic of family enterprise and nine times out of ten you will get an immediate and loaded response on how difficult it is to work with family. Fraught with problems! Damaging to relationships! Everyone has something to say about it, proffering opinions that...

January 15, 2018

I read a piece in the New York Times explaining to us that estrangement is more common than you think and sometimes a great thing to do. Drop your family members off and walk away smiling. Now I am thinking about the long-term consequences of these actions.

Can you see...

December 18, 2017

My parents, ages 98 and 92, lived independently until 2 years ago.   It wasn’t until my father’s stroke in 2010 that there was ever a concern about my parents.   My parents married 44 years ago after the death of previous spouses and combined into a configured family o...

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