Category On Family

Malignant Lie: The Bane of Humankind

The bane of humankind is the malignant lie, employed by the malevolent liar for depraved self-interest, in politics and families. The ability to initiate and sustain the lie takes no special talent nor intellect, only the capacity to abandon personal… Continue Reading →

An Identified Patient, an IP, Died Today

My friend’s 20-something nephew died today. Josh had struggled with alcohol and other drug use since middle school. His death forever changed the lives of many people in one fleeting second. In line with their dysfunction, Josh’s parents, estranged from… Continue Reading →

It’s as if She’s Died

(another recounting from my time as a mental health professional) There is a kind of mental illness — that is, emotional illness — in a loved one that can hurt you as much as if that loved one had died…. Continue Reading →

Childhood Parental Abandonment

Childhood parental abandonment is probably the most traumatic nonviolent development that can happen to a person. My father was shuffled between his mother and stepfather, and grandmother and grandfather during his youth. He met his father once when he was… Continue Reading →

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