When you grow up with toxic or emotionally abusive parents, it can be very difficult to understand what is going on. Realizing the true extend of the toxicity, and understanding that what happened was in fact abuse is a long and difficult journey. Here are some of the signs that helped me understand something was not right.
In a family where one or both of the parents function in a toxic pattern, the different family members often adopt certain set roles. Although the patterns can shift around a bit, there is usually a default setting. In this podcast Stephen Bach and Monkey will talk about some of these roles, how to identify them and what impact they have on the dynamic in a toxic family.