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It’s sad when clients don’t know they’re in or grew up in dysfunctional families. It’s often in therapy or through self-help books that they learn how seriously dysfunctional their families are or have been. Here are some characteristics, though I likely left some out.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth book on the subject of dysfunctional families, try An Adult Child’s Guide to What’s “Normal” which is an old classic and an easy read.
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