Steffani

October 3 2013
Personal Theory
Over the years, the world has come up with lots of
theories. Scientific theories, theories about human life,
but most importantly, theories about the family. Theories
that tell how a family lives and functions.
A lot of these theories about families have to do with
the same things, but at the same time, they all have their
differences. For instance, the family ecology theory and
the structural functionalism theory are similar. They both
deal with how families affect the world. The family ecology
theory deals with how your family affects the environment,
and how families are affected by the environment. The
structural functionalism theory deals with how a
functioning family affects society, and how a family
relates to larger societies and their members.
One of these family based theories is called the
conflict theory. There are four sources of power in the
conflict theory. They are legitimacy, money, physical
coercion and love. Legitimacy is the power of authority.
Money is the power of excessive, or lack-of, money.
Physical coercion is when you are afraid of physical harm,
so you do what is needed to avoid it. Love is what
motivates us to do things. When we do things because we
love someone or something, we are using the power of Love.
This sounds like a great theory, but there are a few things
that have been criticized about it. The conflict theory
fails to recognize the power of love and bonding, it
assumes that differences will lead to conflict, and
conflict in families is not easily measured or evaluated.
Still, all in all, it is a pretty good theory.
Another theory is the family development theory. The
family development theory is essentially the family life
cycle. The family life cycle are the stages you go through
in your life. The stages are as follows: 1 independence, 2
marriage (or coupling), 3 parenting--babies through
adolescence, 4 launching adult children, and 5, retirement
or senior years. It's pretty much an outline of your life.
A really big problem with this theory is that it assumes
that everyone has a nuclear family, and the problem with
that is, that not everyone has a nuclear family.
One of my favorite theories is the symbolic
interaction theory. What that is, is the interactions take
place between people with songs, words, gestures, and
symbols. The reason that this is my favorite is that it is
true, and it works. We all do what this theory says. We
talk to each other, and we sing songs. We motion others to
us with gestures, it's just the way we live.
I think that I can take what I have learned about the
family and these theories, and incorporate it into my
family. The knowledge will probably make us get along
better, and actually be there for each other. I have loved
learning about the family, and the structures and theories
about it.