By Barry K. Weinhold, Ph.D.
How would you answer the question: How Dysfunctional Was Your Family? It’s really important that adults make sense of the experiences they had growing up in their family. According to Dr.Dan Siegel, making sense of your childhood experiences is an critical step in rewiring your brain. Many adults do not remember some of what happened to them as a child. Others have made up stories that “normalize” their family experiences. Take this self-quiz to help you learn what might have been dysfunctional in your family of origin.
Once you take this self-quiz, you will better understand the aspects of your family that would be considered dysfunctional. This is a great way to begin doing the “family archeology” that is necessary if you are to become free of the family-of-origin limitations in your life and relationships. By making sense of your childhood experiences and how they might be influencing your current life situation, you have hope for breaking free of the past. Otherwise, you’ll unconsciously repeat them with your own children.
Ideas For Digging Deeper
If taking this self-quiz shows you things that surprise you about your family of origin, you might want to dig deeper. Ond way to do that is by reading more on this site about hidden developmental trauma and how to identify it. My online course, Freaked Out 101: How Hidden Developmental Trauma Can Disrupt Your life and Relationships, will also help you dig deeper. You can find this course listed under “Courses” on the Menu Bar for this site.
There is also an an Introduction to Freaked Out 101 listed on this page. Be sure to check it out. It might be the most important act of self-care that you have done for yourself.
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