Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation

Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family SituationBy Eric Maisel, PhD

New World Library

Maisel is an author and retired family therapist. In the first part of the book he provides eight strategies to deal successfully with family life and “survive difficult family life and sometimes even improve it for everyone involved.” He describes how to focus on being smart, strong, calm, clear, aware, brave, present and resilient. He includes a variety of individual’s stories to demonstrate the process. Each chapter closes with a ceremony suggestion and “Food for Thought” questions for reflection.

The second part of the book includes ten difficult family types and how to use his strategies dealing with each family type, whether it be loveless and distant families or compulsive and addicted families; he covers them all. Maisel states, “Each difficult family is uniquely difficult because there are so many ways that human beings make it hard on one another.”

To survive whatever difficult family you live in, remember to stay calm, use clear, direct speech and avoid mixed messages, maintain your balance, and set boundaries. Choose just one strategy to improve your skill set and see how much better your family life becomes!


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