When life threatens us with losses, we are first faced with acute threats to immediate well-being and then with the ongoing stresses of dealing with the changes we must make and adjust to. The October fires in Sonoma County are a case in point. The ability to respond effectively to the immediate and long-term problems matters for the future and can be threatened by the impacts of stress on the functioning of individuals and families.
What determines how well anyone does when challenged and how do helping professionals assist people to function up in the face of acute and chronic stresses?
Programs in Bowen Theory is presenting an early spring meeting this year on Functioning Up and how levels of functioning and the ability to set one’s own course and self-regulate, is supported and undermined by the mind, the body and one’s relationships.
From psychology and family systems theory, here are some observations about functioning level and self-regulation: