Family Articles

You can choose your friends, as the saying goes. While it is indeed possible for people who essentially start out as strangers to get along and love each other, these kinds of bonds do not form automatically nor overnight.

How To Cope With A Narcissistic Family Member

The word “narcissist” is often thrown around to describe difficult personalities. But in reality, although many people may demonstrate certain narcissistic qualities or...

How Can Stepfamilies Achieve Success?

On many occasions, stepfamilies face unique challenges when it comes to achieving success. The extent and gravity of challenges can depend upon how big the stepfamily is,...

Seven Ways To Thrive As A Step Family

The process of learning how to thrive as a stepfamily is an art. It takes a good amount of trial and error and a lot of patience. Depending on which parental role you are in,...

My Husband Chooses His Family Over Me. What Can I Do?

When you get married, typically, you leave your parents’ home and join your spouse. But the in-laws are still just a phone call away. And, while in moderation, a phone call...

The Most Common Dysfunctional Family Characteristics, How To Spot Them, And What Can Be Done

For people involved in a dysfunctional family, it can be especially difficult to realize and clearly see the dysfunctional characteristics present in their family. Dysfunctions...

Are You The Family Scapegoat? Signs You May Be, And What You Can Do About It

Tolstoy once said: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its way.” Dysfunction in the family unit can take almost as many forms as a snowflake...

How To Stop Thinking About Your Crush

Remember your first high school crush? Sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach, a fast heartbeat that feels like it’s going to pop out of your chest? You constantly daydreamed...

What Is A Family Of Origin? Definition, Perspectives, And Importance On Your Relationships

Much is said about how childhood trauma, childhood hurts, and childhood triumphs are all pointed to as markers and indicators of your health, relationships, and self-esteem in...

Recognizing the Signs of Enmeshed Family Relationships and How to Manage

Enmeshment is a dysfunctional relationship style that’s characterized by too-close relationships. This style is usually found between family members. Although closeness...

Family Therapy: Theories, Modalities, And Efficacy

Family therapy is a form of therapy in which an entire family is engaged in therapy, to reach a group resolution, rather than an individual seeking out personalized therapy...

Why Is My Teenage Daughter So Mean To Me, And What Can I Do?

Have you found yourself thinking, “How did we get from sugar and spice and everything nice,” to “Who are you and what have you done with my sweet daughter?” From head to toe,...

I Feel Like I Hate My Mom! What Do I Do?

“I feel like I hate my mom!” At first reading, those are pretty strong words. Depending on what’s behind those words, it could be a pretty strong assertion. If you’ve said...

Every family contains a complex spiderweb of relationships, loyalties and conflicts. Disappointments, dishonesty and differences are all remembered for a long time, while gratitude and affection seem to have much shorter half lives. To add to the list of possible problems, intra-familial communication frequently requires people with diverse personalities and different amounts of life experience to talk to one another in a way that benefits everyone. Even with these obstacles in the way, though, family life can still be a happy and fulfilling affair. However much emotional baggage there may be, people with strong family ties are usually much more firmly grounded and able to weather life's storms. All families have their ups and downs, and usually the good days outweigh the bad. At times, though, even the closest family can benefit from some outside help in smoothing out the rougher patches. Qualified counselors specializing in family therapy can help family members better see one another's viewpoints, meaning that everyone can support each other that much more effectively. The following articles all approach family relationships from different angles, but each one slightly illuminates this complex subject that affects us all.
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