Individuation and Togetherness

Individuation and Togetherness | Ron Cohen

A plea for peaceful coexistence

There is no differentiation without connection, no autonomy without healthy interdependence (or as Michael Kerr wrote: …differentiation of self and togetherness are two distinct, counterbalancing life forces that can operate as a working team.)

(N.B. see author’s notes below)

In response to my blog post On Differentiation: The Mindfulness of Murray Bowen, Bonnie Hall wrote:

Ron, I really like your succinct explanation of the togetherness and individuality forces. I have a question about this that I’d appreciate feedback on: Bowen believed these two forces to be “equally intense.” I've often wondered about the “equal” part.

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