Author, counselor, educator, and pastor Dr. Lorenzo Neal discusses topics through the lens of differentiation of self and it's affect on our interpersonal lives. Family issues, religious expression, social justice issues, and politics are all engaged by how well self differentiated we are.
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The Differentiation of Self Inventory (DSI): Seeing Your Differentiated Self
In this long delayed episode of the BYDS podcast, Dr. Neal discusses his personal stressor response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter in place quaratined life. Sometimes we need to escape from the negative stress responses to have an empowering existence in the present moment andin the days to come post quarantine life.
The letter I is a simple letter but when seen within the broader scope of human existence, it can be one selfish letter. On this episode of Be Your Differentiated Self, Dr. Neal discusses how the I-Position in self-differentiation can be one that is empowering and liberating for the individual and the broader family or organization unit. Drawing from a number of sources, Dr. Neal takes us on a journey of exploration to developing a healthy I Position.
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Everyone wants to belong to something. There is a human need to be connected in various ways. Dr. Neal discusses how belongingness and the self are connected and serve as motivation towards creating a healthier emotional self and better, more fulfilling and rewarding relationships.
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Is there a way to measure Self-Differentiation? Of course there is and Dr. Neal walks us through the Differentiation of Self Inventory better known as the DSI. This self-taking inventory provides questions on a Likert scale instrument to help individuals assess where they are on the self-differentiation spectrum. The four categories of the DSI- Emotional Cut-off (EC) Emotional Reactivity (ER), Fusion with others (FO), and I-Position (IP) help individuals discover where they are emotionally in relations with family of origin members, spouses, and children but is also applicable for use in professional, organizational, and community relationship assessments.
Music by Kevin Macleod
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Differentiation of self begins with learning to think in systems. Systems thinkning is seeing the self from inter-related perspectives. Dr Neal disccusses how anxiety, emotions, and the self are inter-related and can lead to individuals being higher or lower differentiated selves.
This episode explains the concept of differentiation of self as part of Dr. Murray Bowen's Family Systems theory of family counseling. Dr. Neal explains the eight concepts of Bowen's Family Systems theory and the four sub categories of differentiation of self and how these concepts present a construct for interpersonal relationships across all spectrums of life. If you want to further explore Bowen's concepts vist here http://thebowencenter.org/theory/
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