Family Relationship Difficulties

Family Relationship Difficulties

Although a family, (in a perfect world) should get along, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, for many and often complex reasons, family disharmony does happen. A family may experience –Family Relationships

  • Communication breakdowns
  • Constant arguing
  • Over involvement OR complete avoidance, and even
  • Physical altercations

These are all signs of family relationship breakdowns.

Several different things may cause or exacerbate family tensions, these may be –

  • Differences in beliefs, personalities or opinions
  • Mental health issues
  • Stress
  • Lack of respect

These are among many other possible triggers!

Family relationship issues can have many detrimental effects on the family itself and the individuals that make up the family, including –

  • Feelings of isolation
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Sleeping & eating problems
  • Alcohol & drug abuse
  • Feelings of unresolved anger

Ways to gain and maintain family harmony –

  • Accept that there will always be differences
  • Accept that you cannot change others, only yourself
  • Enjoy each other’s company, even the differences
  • Communicate – talking can help resolve issues, but only when done calmly!

Sometimes feelings about family difficulties can become too much and talking with someone outside your family can help.

If you would like further information on family counselling or individual counselling services, please contact us.

Article Title: Family Relationship Difficulties
Article By: Vision Counselling and Psychology, Perth Western Australia
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Published: 17/12/2014
Lifeline,“Family & Relationship Problems”, Available:—Information/Family—Relationship-Problems/Family-and-Relationship-Problems(Accessed: 2014, November 4)
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