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Transcript of Family
Principals of conflict management in the family include:
What is a Family?
A family is a system with two or more interdependent people who have a common history and a present reality,and who expect to influence each other in the future.
Different Values / Ideas
Lack of Time
Families loose their closeness
Prioritize family values and establish tradition
More people = more complex communication
Family Group Therapy
Lack of Boundaries
limits a family sets on its members' actions
Families should openly negotiate boundaries
Boundaries allow balance for connection and autonomy
Boundaries allow balance for openness and closeness
Difficulties in communication can come from several different factors. Some of the difficulties people might face when communicating with their families are:
Lack of patience
Lack of time
Lack of boundaries
Different values/ ideas
Clear vs. Masked
communication is when messages are spoken plainly and the content is easily understood by the other family members.
communication occurs when the message is muddied or vague
Direct vs. Indirect
communication is if the person spoken to is the person for whom the message is intended.
communication is if the message is not directed to the person for whom it is intended.
By: Mercedez Berry
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Focus on Manageable Issues
Share Appreciations as Well as Gripes
Seek Win-Win Solutions
Family members have distinct characteristics
We don't all have the same values and ideas
Values include religion, marriage, morals, respect, honesty, responsibility, etc.
Help dealing with Conflict
Improve communication skills
Identify strengths and weakness
Engage in family activities
Maintain positive relationships
Use confirming messages
Time is essential
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