Differentiation in the Land of the Differentiated

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Adam Smith


All human relationships experience the struggle of balancing intimacy with individuality. The author discusses the limitations and potential shortcomings of applying the Bowen family systems concept of differentiation in a highly individualized society. Repercussions are explored concerning how the blind spots of this theory can negatively affect the ability to form meaningful connections with others as well as how a self-improvement frame-work for intimate unions can lead to incidental objectification. Some trends in modern relationships arc discussed through the lens of growing individualism to discuss their strengths and areas for growth. Future research is suggested to investigate concepts such as attachment theory to strategics how heavily individualized cultures can focus on establishing and strengthening healthy intimacy.


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