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Signs of family enmeshment: Therapist explains

Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST
  • From not addressing differences to diffusing boundaries, here is a glimpse of how family enmeshment works.
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A healthy family relationship and a one where the boundaries are diffused and we are constantly working within the control and fear dynamics, are completely different. Explaining this, Therapist Sarah Crosby wrote, “with healthy functioning family relationships, closeness doesn’t mean sacrificing our identity or our self-esteem for the sake of the family, which is what we see with enmeshment. A close family is marked by support for one another, love and respect, without compromising one another’s wellbeing.” Here are a few signs of family enmeshment.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST

A healthy family relationship and a one where the boundaries are diffused and we are constantly working within the control and fear dynamics, are completely different. Explaining this, Therapist Sarah Crosby wrote, “with healthy functioning family relationships, closeness doesn’t mean sacrificing our identity or our self-esteem for the sake of the family, which is what we see with enmeshment. A close family is marked by support for one another, love and respect, without compromising one another’s wellbeing.” Here are a few signs of family enmeshment.(Unsplash)

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We often depend on another family member’s mood to determine our own emotions. Hence, making ourselves indifferent to our own feelings. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST

We often depend on another family member’s mood to determine our own emotions. Hence, making ourselves indifferent to our own feelings. (Unsplash)

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We often make choices in order to keep the peace in the house, and avoid conflict at all costs, even though it means not addressing certain differences. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST

We often make choices in order to keep the peace in the house, and avoid conflict at all costs, even though it means not addressing certain differences. (Unsplash)

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Privacy is a hoax in family enmeshment. Boundaries are diffused and we feel that we are entitled to share our personal information to avoid chaos in the family. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST

Privacy is a hoax in family enmeshment. Boundaries are diffused and we feel that we are entitled to share our personal information to avoid chaos in the family. (Unsplash)

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In order to address how the family makes us feel, we feel shame and disloyalty to share such information. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on May 06, 2023 12:39 PM IST

In order to address how the family makes us feel, we feel shame and disloyalty to share such information. (Unsplash)

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