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Coping with difficult family members (parents, spouses and siblings)

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Identifying unhealthy behaviours

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They are always blaming you while not accepting their own responsibilities

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They are always critical towards you

3.

They are dismissive of your feelings

4.

They often make threats

5.

They are controlling

6.

They confuse punishment with discipline

7.

Unhealthy parents take sibling rivalries or ‘misbehaviour’ to the extreme

Strategies to cope

1.

Know that you are your own person

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Create space to nurture your own sense of self

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Find supportive relationships elsewhere

4.

Set expectations low in conversations with them

5.

Employ diversion tactics

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Recognise the traits that make you an easy prey

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Expect their angry response but do not surrender to it

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Aim to be self-sufficient and independent

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Do not accept abusive behaviour and the effects of it

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