Societal Emotional Process
Society operates by the same principles and patterns of the smaller emotional units—the families—of which it is comprised.
Finally, Bowen postulated that society operates by the same principles and patterns of the smaller emotional systems—the families—of which it is comprised. Just as a family subjected to chronic, sustained anxiety begins to lose contact with its intellectually determined principles and resorts to more and more emotionally determined decisions to allay the anxiety of the moment, so society reacts with emotionally driven decisions, including Band Aid legislation, to address social issues (Bowen, 1978; Papero et al., 2018). In time, this concept became known as the societal emotional process.