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Let's Talk Trauma: How to Rewrite Toxic Family Rules

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Everyone grows up with an understanding of the rules in their family. In healthy families, these rules are often about safety, growth and connection.

Some healthy family rules might be: “No means no,” “Correct, but do not control,” “If it doesn’t feel safe, don’t do it.” Toxic family rules often live at the center of a dysfunctional family system.

They are designed to keep secrets hidden, enable abuse and avoid personal responsibility, to name a few. Usually they prevent safety, growth and connection.

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