Fall semester topics

Sound families - Healthy families

Growing up in a "healthy" or sound family in psychological term means you have received all you needed to embark on your life on your own.

The family unit is the cornerstone of healthy, vibrant communities. In addition to their impact on the community, families play a critical role in the emotional, physical, and social development of individual family members. Unlike any other social group, families are able to provide the close emotional support needed to produce self-confident and well-adjusted children and adults. Likewise, families that function in a healthy manner are well equipped to deal with the many normal changes and unexpected crises that confront them throughout their lifetime. Therefore, the family’s primary function is to create a healthy environment where family members can successfully grow and develop.

Strong, healthy families exhibit similar characteristics. Indicators of healthy families include:

- Effective problem solving
- Communication skills
- Clear Family Roles
- Affective involvement (showing interest in in the vales and activities of other family members)
- Affective Responsiveness (ability to respond emotionally to other family members in an appropriate manner)
- Behavior control

Families that do well in each of these areas have fewer problems and are able to deal more effectively with problems as they arise. On the other hand, families that have difficulty in these areas tend to have more problems that remain unresolved. Source info

  • What Makes a Family Functional vs Dysfunctional?
  • Characteristics of an integrated person - article
  • Recommended books

    Bruce Feiler: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More, William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (2013)
    Alice Miller: The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self, Revised Edition, Basic Books; 3 Rev Upd edition (1996)
    Jasmin Lee Cori: The Emotionally Absent Mother: A Guide to Self-Healing and Getting the Love You Missed, The Experiment; 3rd Edition edition (2010)

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