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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

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.

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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
  • 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:
  • “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:
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Unable to feel
  • Low self-esteem
  • Terrified of intimacy
  • Relationship phobia
  • Withdrawn, shy, socially isolated
mascot family clown child
Mascot/Family Clown (Child)
  • 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)
  • 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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