Can You Divorce Your Family?

A psychology journal has an account summarizing an essay recently issued by a professor at a well known university. The professor cites three types of family interactions which are similar to a divorce, as they have the pain associated with the separation. In one type, a member of the family becomes a pariah and is treated with less respect than others. In another type, a divorced parent imprints his or her dislike for the ex-spouse onto the child. The writer who summarizes the article advises that communication is needed to improve these bad relationships.

Key Takeaways:

  • Communication is the key to good family relationships. Unless you express your needs they will not know.
  • Limiting time with family is common. This estrangement is usually due to a lack of communication of needs.
  • Feeling like an outsider or like you are judged differently is a common cause of someone adding distance.

“Marginalized family members are commonly referred to as the “black sheep” of the family.”

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