…from the article I’m reading in preparation for my Writing Center meeting, today:

“To skeptical readers who hold self-help books in disdain, I offer comments from Murray Bowen, the most influential theorist in family systems therapy. Bowen reminds us that it is possible to be “brilliant academically” yet live chaotic personal lives (373). A key point of Bowen’s theory is that even though humans have uncovered the secrets of the universe and created
technology to master our environment, we tend not to apply our intellect to emotional matters. In fact, Bowen observes that we are more likely to use our intellect to deny automatic emotional process than we are to confirm these responses and learn to read them in order to manage our reactivity (348).”

from Nancy Maloney Grimm’s “Rearticulating the Work of the Writing Center”