Family Roles & How They Influence Your Relationships
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Family Roles & How They Influence Your Relationships on The Terri Cole Show

197 Family Roles & How They Influence Your Relationships

Family Roles & How They Influence Your Relationships on The Terri Cole ShowIf you haven’t listened in to last week’s episode, be sure to do that before you dive into this one. I think it will provide a helpful context for understanding the family roles that I go over in this week’s episode.

All families have different roles that are either consciously or unconsciously assigned to different members, BUT how STRINGENT the roles are all depends on the level of dysfunction within the family.

Today will go over the 6 very common roles in families and next week, we’ll talk about how you can break these roles.

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“So much of the time, we grow up and we just keep repeating this patterns. We don’t even realize where they came from or why we’re doing it.” – Terri Cole

Show Notes:

  • What does it mean to be the “hero child”
  • Why being the caretaker of the family can be problematic
  • How breaking out of your family role is empowering
  • Why denial is so painful
  • Why family members act out
  • The importance of raising your awareness
  • Archytypes:
    The Addict or The Dependent
    The hero child
    The Scapegoat
    The Mascot
    The caretaker
    The Lost Child (or the shy one)

“Listen, if your family of origin is a lost cause or if you’re just not up for it or you just don’t want to… I still want you to understand your role in that system.” – Terri Cole

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“Here is the thing. There is a payoff for a lot of these roles, For example, the hero child is in a position of power and importance – it is also exhausting.” – Terri Cole

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