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Volume 12, Number 1
Robert J. Noone, PhD

Bonding and Babies:
The Evolution of Biparental Care and the Primary Triangle

Margaret G. Donley, MSW
Although the female brain has deeply embedded maternal circuits to prepare females to care for infants, paternal behavior evolved through different mechanisms. More recent research suggests that male care of the young is often motivated through mating and cohabitation with a female. This has led to questioning the “paternity investment hypothesis” in favor of a perspective that examines male-female interaction as a key ingredient to understanding paternal care.

Family, Self, and the Intermix of Emotional and Intellectual Functioning
Robert J. Noone, PhD

The evolution of the cerebral cortex in the mammalian line occurred in the context of increasingly prolonged and engaged parental care and, in the human, involved the co-evolution of the reproductive unit of the family emotional system. Bowen theory posits that the family emotional system shapes individual development. This is seen as principally manifested in the degree to which individuals develop the capacity to use higher cortical functions in regulating the automatic emotional system or what Bowen referred to as the intermix of one’s emotional and intellectual functioning.

Defining a Self in Multiple Relationships
Presenter: Randall T. Frost, MDiv

This case provides evidence that the way a young woman has functioned with several partners, friends, and at work, duplicated her position in relatively fixed patterns of functioning in the primary triangle with her parents and in several interlocking triangles in her family. Over a four-year period, as the young woman was gradually able to define more of a self in the triangles of her family, she began to modify her functioning in these other important relationships as well. The woman got more clarity about a career path, enrolled in a challenging postsecondary program, and actively pursued other goals important to her. Changes in the functioning of her parents and paternal grandmother also took place over the four-year period.
Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience
Book by: Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Reviewed by: Roberta Gilbert, MD

Differentiation of Self: Bowen Family Systems Perspectives
Book by: Peter Titelman, Editor
Reviewed by: David S. Hargrove, PhD

Code Name Image Price Availability  
DJ 12.1(1) Volume 12.1   $25.00  
DJ 12.1(2) From the Editor   $7.50  
DJ 12.1(3) Bonding and Babies   $9.50  
DJ 12.1(4) Family, Self, and the Intermix of Emotional and Intellectual Functioning   $9.50  
DJ 12.1(5) FCC Defining a Self in Multiple Relationships   $9.50  
DJ 12.1(6)BR Marriage Preparation Programs and Bowen Theory   $7.50  
DJ 12.1(7)BK Book Review: Brainwashed   $7.50  
DJ 12.1(8)BK Book Review: Differentiation of Self   $7.50  

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