The online version of a psychology periodical has a piece about negative relationships within the family. These relationships resemble divorce. The writer details three types of dynamics. One involves a family member being treated as an outcast. Another involves a child turning away from a parent, with or without encouragement from the other parent. This may happen in divorces. The third is a separation from a family member, perhaps due to abuse. The writer states that while there is hope for reconciliation, separation may be good in some cases.
- Being the black sheep makes you not want to be part of the family. Who wants to feel unwanted.
- Estrangement occurs when a family member limits contact. This can be due to a number of reasons. But distance is placed.
- Communication is the key with everyone involved. It is the lac of, type of or to much communication that drives a family member away. Communicate your needs.
“Recent research reports that 13.4 percent of parents are alienated by at least one of their children.”