enmeshment

Non-Traditional Addictions: People Pleasing

Non-Traditional Addictions: People Pleasing

Most of us have an innate need inside us to please other people. Individuals who don't care what anyone else thinks or feels typically don't have very positive relationships. But what we are talking about here is a need that drives someone to please others…

Psychology and TV Families Starring "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Psychology and TV Families Starring "Everybody Loves Raymond"

As we are learning this week, some of the television shows, both past and present, can seem dysfunctional in obvious-- and not so obvious ways!  This week, Imagine Hope's blog topic is discussing dysfunctional families in television.  One of my favorite shows that portrays an enmeshed family system better than any other is "Everybody Loves Raymond".  Their family has bad boundaries, clear family roles that show favoritism and can be quite shaming, and a passive-aggressive tone to their communication.