Dysfunctional Children

Communication in dysfunctional families

Communication in dysfunctional families can be characterized by a number of negative patterns and behaviors, including:

  1. Lack of communication: In dysfunctional families, members may avoid communication altogether, or may only communicate when absolutely necessary.
  2. Poor communication: When communication does occur, it may be characterized by criticism, defensiveness, or negativity. Members may interrupt or talk over each other, and may struggle to listen to and understand each other.
  3. Avoidance of conflict: Dysfunctional families may avoid conflict altogether, or may engage in passive-aggressive behaviors instead of addressing conflicts directly.
  4. Secrecy and lying: In some dysfunctional families, secrecy and lying may be common, with members hiding their thoughts, feelings, or actions from each other.
  5. Triangulation: In dysfunctional families, members may involve third parties in communication or conflicts, creating additional stress and complexity.
  6. Blame and criticism: Dysfunctional families may be characterized by a tendency to blame and criticize each other, rather than taking responsibility for their own actions and behaviors.

Improving communication in dysfunctional families can be a challenging process, but it is possible. Family members may benefit from seeking the help of a mental health professional to learn new communication skills and strategies, and to work through underlying issues and conflicts. Some strategies for improving communication may include active listening, setting clear boundaries, and practicing empathy and understanding.

 © Linda C J Turner

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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