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Ever get invited to your family member's birthday party or other function, and dread going? Do you feel obligated to go but don't want to because those family members are unkind, disrespectful, or have hurt you in the past? Yet you still feel guilty if you don't go? This lesson addresses ways to behave towards these dysfunctional family members. Key points:
Detaching is one way to cope with dysfunctional family members. Some people spend excessive amounts of time worrying and trying to control or solve their family member's problems. This can become codependency. Co-dependence is when a person puts someone else's needs before his own. But trying to fix someone else's problems is not helpful. It distracts the codependent person from taking care of himself and also, it prevents the loved one from taking full responsibility for his own life and solving his own problems.
Detaching does not mean we do not care. It is not angry or withholding love. It is letting go of controlling or worrying about the other person. It is the best solution for both parties.
Detaching is a continual process in relationships. You do it over and over. Here are some examples of detaching: