How To Deal With Family Members
A family is toxic when most of its members remain in patterns of abuse, discrimination, conflict, emotional distancing, verbal violence, and manipulation. When you’re dealing with a toxic family member, it can seem as if you don’t have many options.
You therefore need to be extra careful. You don’t want to end up becoming a toxic person yourself, just to deal with a toxic family member. Imitating this person’s actions will only make matters worse and hurt those around you. In order to prevent this from happening, I have come up with five healthy ways you can deal with a toxic family member.
- Be clear about your boundaries.
- You don’t have to help them through every crisis.
- You don’t need to explain.
- Don’t judge.
- Own your strengths and your weaknesses.
- Don’t expect change.
- Choose your battles wisely.
- Don’t be the victim.
- Be empowered by your motives.
- Focus on the solution rather than the problem.
- Surround yourself with people who will give as much as you do.
- Forgive – but don’t forget.
- Know that you don’t need their approval. You really don’t.