Thursday, April 26, 2018

weekly theme :: FAMILY SYSTEMS


family system

Family Systems


Author: Ryan Thompson

Learning to engage in relationships

As humans, relationships are integral to just about every aspect of our lives. What has been the quality of those relationships? Early in life, our family systems of origin, whether it be in a nuclear family, adoptive family, or institutions such as boarding homes or foster homes have been our first experiences of learning to engage in relationships.

These early experiences of family system dynamics often have a lasting impact on the quality, types, and patterns of our future relationships. Maybe some relationships have been healthy and supportive while others have been a source of pain, mistrust, disappointment, and sadness.

"Normal and expected"

These relationships are a significant factor in the formation of our lenses of perception. If our relationships have been of a toxic origin, how do we change them, how do we become aware that "normal and expected" is often a formulated perception based upon familiarity even if toxic or volatile relationships are the norm.

Relationship styles, systems, and strategies


In life, we will run into other people moving on their path of life who have developed their own relationship styles, systems, and strategies. In order to stop repeating toxic and maladaptive relationship patterns that maintain substance use disorders through codependency, enabling, resentments, inauthenticity, and manipulation we must raise awareness of the dynamics we have learned from our early family experiences.

Healthy boundaries

Then we must learn the characteristics and techniques that lead to healthy relationship dynamics such as trust, respect, effective communication, authenticity and how to set healthy boundaries. As we move forward in life and as we meet the other people on their journey we have an opportunity to forge relationships that are made of denser and more reliable material.

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