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Dysfunctional Families. Most dysfunctional families are a direct outgrowth of TROUBLED PARENTS. Troubled parents may:. Have addictions Use physical violence May be unable to provide Exploit children (use them as possessions, use strong authoritarian control).

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Dysfunctional families

Dysfunctional Families

Most dysfunctional families are a direct outgrowth of TROUBLED PARENTS.


Troubled parents may
Troubled parents may:

  • Have addictions

  • Use physical violence

  • May be unable to provide

  • Exploit children (use them as possessions, use strong authoritarian control)


Regardless of the parents intentions children may suffer
Regardless of the parents’ intentions, children may suffer:

  • Depression

  • Live troubled lives

  • By withdrawing from society

  • Have low self-esteem


Abusive parents
Abusive Parents suffer:

1. Physical- satisfying their emotions by taking their anger out on their children, by not correcting their children, by using little effort to control their children.



3. Verbal – Frequent belittling or criticism, using profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.


Roles in a dysfunctional family
Roles in a Dysfunctional Family profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Addict-a family member that is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, porn, work, etc. to the point of disrupting the family.

  • Enabler-a family member that allows the addict to continue their addiction; excuses, ignoring the problem, denial, etc.


Family hero child
Family Hero Child: profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • “9 going on 40”

  • Takes over parent role, early

  • Responsible

  • Self-sufficient

  • Looks good on the outside

  • Good student, good in sports, prom queen, etc

  • Make parents look good


Family hero adult
Family Hero Adult: profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Controlling, judgmental, compulsive, driven

  • “Success” on the outside

  • Cut off from their inner emotional life

  • Hard time admitting that there is anything that needs to be healed.


Scapegoat child
Scapegoat (Child) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Family feels ashamed of

  • Acts out the tension the family ignores

  • Provides distractions from real issues

  • Has trouble in school

  • Becomes pregnant or addicted as teenagers


Scapegoat adult
Scapegoat (Adult) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Become cynical and distrustful

  • Have a lot of self-hatred

  • Can be very self-destructive

  • Usually first to get help


Lost child child
Lost Child (Child) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Attempts to be invisible

  • Daydream, fantasize, read a lot, watch TV

  • Deal with reality by withdrawing from it

  • Deny they have feelings

  • Don’t bother getting upset


Lost child adult
Lost Child (Adult) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Unable to feel

  • Low self-esteem

  • Terrified of intimacy

  • Relationship phobia

  • Withdrawn, shy, socially isolated


Mascot family clown child
Mascot/Family Clown (Child) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Takes responsibility for emotional well-being of family

  • “Social” director/clown

  • Diverts family’s attention from the pain and anger


Mascot family clown adult
Mascot/Family Clown (Adult) profanity toward their children, verbally abusing them instead of their actions.

  • Valued for kind heart, generosity, ability to listen to others

  • Whole self is centered on others

  • Don’t get their own needs met

  • Cannot receive love only give it

  • Work in “helping” professions to overcome

  • Have low self worth and guilt and to overcome, work hard to be nice


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