The “don’t talk rule” is a common phenomenon in families where certain topics are considered taboo and not to be discussed openly. This can include issues such as mental health problems, addiction, abuse, or other sensitive topics that may be uncomfortable or embarrassing to address.
While the intention behind the “don’t talk rule” may be to avoid conflict or protect the family’s reputation, it can have negative consequences. By not acknowledging and addressing the real family problem, it can lead to increased tension, secrecy, and a sense of isolation for those who are affected by the issue. It can also prevent individuals from seeking help or support, leading to the problem persisting or worsening over time.
It’s important for families to recognize the potential harm of the “don’t talk rule” and to work towards creating an open and supportive environment where difficult topics can be discussed and addressed in a healthy and constructive way. This may involve seeking the help of a therapist or counselor to facilitate these conversations and provide support to those who need it.
© Linda C J Turner