Family Issues

Black Sheep

“I’m the black sheep of my family,” said the young man who sat before me in my therapy office. I tried to imagine this adorable, sad young man…

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Emotionally Neglected in a Highly Emotional Family

"I scored high on the Emotional Neglect Questionnaire, but I actually grew up in a family that was the opposite of what you describe. My family was…

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Stressful Family? 10 Mantras to Get You Through the Holidays

Is your family happy and supportive? Are your holiday family gatherings warm, loving and festive? If so, that is wonderful. And you can stop reading…

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4 Subtle Family Dynamics That Can Ruin Your Holidays

Do you look forward to seeing your family at the holidays, but then often come away feeling vaguely disappointed, confused, angry or guilty? If…

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Born Under the Gaslight: Five Steps to Heal

Reject the lie, and start living in the truth. 14-year-old Olivia sits at the dinner table with her family, picking at her food. While the others…

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Raised By A Narcissist

Few phrases sum up the idea of narcissism better than: It’s all about me.  But the most defining feature of a person with narcissism is…

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How to Deal With Your Emotionally Neglectful Parents

Now that I see what my parents didn’t give me, how do I continue to interact with them? Should I tell my parents how they failed me? If I…

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Tame Your Brain for a Happier Holiday Season

Why are some folks' holidays happier than others? For the majority of people, there is a one-word answer to this question:  Family. Here’s…

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Six Tips for Parenting Teenagers

  There is very little about raising a child that prepares us to raise a teen. We tend to hit our parenting stride when our children are…

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Four Tips for Handling a Difficult Family Member

  Do you have an obnoxious uncle, a surly son, a snide sister or a mean mother? Few people can hurt us as much as the people closest to…

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