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No matter how loving a family is, all families go through conflict. Family conflict is different from other types of conflict for several reasons. First, family members are already highly emotionally... more
No matter how loving a family is, all families go through conflict. Family conflict is different from other types of conflict for several reasons. First, family members are already highly emotionally attached. These emotions can quickly intensify conflict. Second, family members are involved in long-term relationships and often are required to interact with each other daily. Finally, families are often insular, obeying their own rules and resisting outside interference. These characteristics can lead to long, tangled, painful conflicts. At one extreme, family conflict can lead to things like divorce or domestic violence. At the other, families try to repress conflict, avoiding problems and detaching from each other (CRInfo.org).
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Questions and Answers

A mediated safe talk session between. You and your sister.

Then, you and your husband have a mediated safe talk.  So both hear what you feel in the respective relationships. 

Possibly the last step is a mediated  safe talk with sister, husband and youcoversation, in the future.

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Rovena Magidin, RTC
Rovena Magidin, RTC
Relationships, intimacy, sexuality

We can do a lot of work to recover from the betrayal trauma. We can heal - we are resilient and strong. We can forgive. We can move on and let go. We continue with our lives. And yet, we are human. It hurts, A LOT. Even after 20 years! We are designed to remember everything that caused us pain - in... more

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Cory Ian Shafer LPC
Cory Ian Shafer LPC
Psychotherapist, Jungian, Hypnotherapy

First thing that you must realize is that most people only post the "best parts" of their lives on Facebook, some people even go so far as to make their lives seem better or more interesting and post mostly false views of their life. Facebook is watered down, candied version of our life, you put on... more

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Danielle Alvarez
Danielle Alvarez
Licensed Professional Counselor

Try to think of his close relationship with his mother in a good way. It means that they have a positive family structure which can transfer down to your own family if you have one together in the future. Despite your boyfriend having a good relationship with his mother, it will never be equal to... more

Courtney Shrum
Courtney Shrum
Somatic Anxiety & Trauma Therapist

First I want to thank you for sharing your story, I imagine that it might feel really tough to question things like how much you gave up while feeling unhappy and trapped. Self-loathing is an overwhelming and heavy thing to feel especially in the face of just wanting to appreciate and enjoy your... more

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Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Dr. Meredyth Lawrynce
Serving Clients Nationwide

The sum total of your value and worth does not get to be decided or measured by how your mother feels about you. Ideally, she would be supportive but that does not seem to be the case. Providing yourself with love, acceptance, validation, and knowing your worth and that you are valid despite her... more

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It sounds really difficult to know that your daughter may be "choosing" her dad over you, perhaps I can help by saying her intense emotional reactions towards you actually acknowledge how much safer and connected she feels towards you. We tend to have big emotions around those we care for most. I... more

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Lynda Martens
Lynda Martens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc, RP, RMFT

Hi Zionsville. It's so sweet that you have a special relationship with your brother. You will ALWAYS have that, you know? He's doing what's natural at his age...spreading his wings and looking for love. You may be heading into that zone soon too, but I get that it's weird that he's there before you... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

How are you measuring whether or not your dad understands your wish?Your dad understanding your wish does not mean he will necessarily follow through with what you want.Based on what you describe about your relationship to the woman in question, your discomfort with the idea of your dad marrying... more

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Nat Roman
Nat Roman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc RP

Not liking someone is not cruel - even if it is a family member. There is nothing wrong with you for not liking your sister. Some people are fortunate to have siblings that they get along with really well, other don't. We all have different personalities and we are not going to like everyone - even... more

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