Dysfunctional family is a disastrous unit where repeated malfunctioning is a rule. Its effects can be realized far later when they achieve an enormous form of destructive psychological effects on children. The sub-standard environment meted out to the child by such parents may (in some cases) be attributed to the unpleasant memories of their own childhood.
Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Family
Lack of trust and absence of security
Absence of feeling loved or belonging
Lack of understanding between family members
Parents that fail to nurture and support their children
The child's needs are consistently neglected
Verbal, physical and or sexual abuse
An unpredictable and unhealthy environment
Petty disputes that develop from issues such as money, marriage, work, etc.
Poorly managed stressful situations
Illogical, rigid and inconsistent family values
In rare cases, overprotecting a child may cause adverse effects
Serious Impact on Child Psychology
A parents distorted attitude can have a traumatic effect on their children. Such . Unnatural relationship gradually become normal in the child's life. While adapting to this way of life, children often display different manifestations. Some of the following traits may be visible by themselves or in combination in the affected child.
Feelings of loneliness Being too hard on oneself Finding it hard to relax and enjoy life Difficulty expressing feelings Extreme responses and decisions Problems forming intimate relationships Adopting themselves to abusive relationships Apprehensive to seek approval Taking on more than they can handle Unable to handle anger and frustration properly
Conforming to atypical roles
Children having a low sensitivity threshold often exhibit disorders study problems, drug or alcohol addictions, as well as other disturbances in the family. In some cases, the family dysfunction is attributed to the problem child even if they're causing significant trouble (the truth may be otherwise, though often difficult to prove). Some children use humor to rescue themselves and act as an entertainer in groups, while few love to stay in complete social isolation.
Spot the Tell-Tales Signs
No parent wishes to really hurt their child by choice. Family disputes are an inseparable part of life, but it shouldn't be an accepted pattern. Each family member should also preserve their own space and not invade others. Family members should be able to express freely and discuss their opinions.
Parents need to focus on the plight of the problem child who will manifest as either—the over-achiever or the silent sufferer. However, there is one thing in common that can be enforced to each of these personality types— a sincere attempt to understand them.
Support Their Need & Help the Child Recover
Seeking support from parents, friends and other companions whom the child can trust makes a big difference. Encourage them to openly express their feelings and most importantly—keep them away from deficient members who are likely to hurt them physical or mentally. Be patient and react optimistically despite your limitations. A break from daily chores, involvement in recreational activities and pursuing a favorite hobby can work wonders for the entire family unit.
One prominent accomplishment of a difficult childhood is that the child is fine-tuned to being adjustable, which helps with them pull through adversity. The best way to prevent dysfunctional relationships is to detect it from the start. Find ways to cope with it through communicating, counseling and transforming the conflict into a a productive life plan, empowering yourself through this tough situation will transform you into an outstanding person and help you live life to the fullest.
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