Category: Dysfunctional Family

The Scapegoat

One person is chosen to bear the brunt of any psychological discomfort experienced by the family as a whole. —Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHC Are you the scapegoat in your family? So, this blog post is long overdue. I have often tweeted about scapegoating, but I think it warrants a blog post since so many people […]

Stonewalling

Children of emotionally unreliable mothers who may appear caring one moment and then unavailable the next—leaving the child in a quandary about whether the Good Mommy or the Bad one will show up— also pull back at the first sign of discord. These children use withdrawal as a way of self-protection and grow up to […]