Monday, June 20, 2011

Dealing with Dysfunction in Your Family

While it is very true that no family is perfect and there will always be problems of one kind or another, it is also true that some families are even less perfect. The hardest part of dealing with dysfunctional situations is first handling your own reactions to that situation and the various issues surrounding it. While I do have some experience with family problems (due to being the center of the problem more often than not) I am not a counselor or therapist, so consider your own situation carefully before acting on any of my advice and (if you have one) talk to your therapist.

First, there is no "typical" dysfunctional family. A dysfunctional family might be physically or emotionally abusive; it might be one where the parents are extremely neglectful. It might be a family with very rigid rules and expectations. It might be a family where there are family members with a history of mental illness such as clinical depression. What makes a dysfunctional family dysfunctional is that the relationships between family members create more emotional and mental harm than good. 

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