Family Dynamics

Family Dynamics

Understanding Family Dynamics

Can't we all get along? Family, you love them and you hate them. Harmony can be a tall order (especially when your limelight had been snatched away by your adorable little brother 50 years ago and you never got over it). Certainly, family dynamics are tricky and aren't snap-your-fingers easy. We joke about the woes of family dysfunction—the obnoxious uncle, the ne'er-do-well son-in-law, the histrionic aunt. Yet having close relationships, especially with siblings, may afford a person higher life satisfaction as well as lower rates of depression later in life. There are so many things to consider when you think of family networks: birth order, the only child, rivalries, these are only a few areas of interest.

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