How to Cope with Toxic Relationships
"Spider Love can happen in any relationship: family of origin, romantic liaison, friendship. Any time you feel as if the number of choices you have in a relationship are getting smaller and smaller and smaller, or that you're
getting smaller and smaller and smaller, you're probably experiencing Spider Love."
– from Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Facade
Are you a victim of Spider Love? Is there someone in your life who drains all your energy? If you're in a toxic family, a difficult workplace situation, or any relationship where people criticize, manipuate, and bully, this book is for you!
Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Facade is a collection of 45 essays offering reflections and advice on coping with toxic relationships, understanding the "drama addiction," caregiving for toxic parents, developing self-esteem, spirituality, and much more.
One of the hallmarks of dysfunctional families is secrecy. An atmosphere of secrecy keeps us from seeing the truth of people who manipulate and bully other family members, using emotional abuse to create guilt and get their way. Dysfunctional Families can help you see the truths in your own family so you can untangle yourself from the "spider web," cope with what your family throws at you, and feel better about yourself.
Along with exposing many of the secrets that hide in dysfunctional families, this book also provides a profoundly unique perspective on solving money problems, clearing clutter, creating your own reality, and more.
The only way to heal from the trauma of toxic family life and discover who we really are is to expose the secrets we grew up with, see through the illusions we were taught, and figure out what’s really true about our families, ourselves, and the world.
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When I was caregiving for my elderly parents from 2001 to 2008, I talked with many other caregivers who were trying to cope with dysfunctional family issues at the same time that they had to navigate the difficult experience of caregiving. I started blogging on dysfunctional families because I saw a need for exposing the secrets that we grow up with in our dysfunctional families. The more clearly we can see the issues, the more we can let go of the past and create the life we want.