Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Author Puts The ‘Fun’ In Dysfunctional Families

SPOKANE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The holidays are fast approaching, and when it comes to gathering a dysfunctional family, one author insists you’ve got to accentuate the positive.

Kari Joys, psychotherapist and author of the new book Choosing Light-Heartedness: A 33 Day Journey To Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Dysfunctional Family Issues (Higher Consciousness Press), says around the holidays, it’s good to remember the F-U-N in dysfunctional and to try and laugh a lot, despite your issues.

She admits at a gathering like Thanksgiving, dysfunctional families bring a lot more than turkey and yams to the table – i.e. sarcasm and old issues.

Joys says to avoid flinging mashed potatoes at family members, people need to try and resolve their family problems before the event. If that’s not possible, she says always “bring it back to the positive” by complimenting your surly sister or suggesting you and your meddling mother-in-law play a game.

She says the most important thing is to accept family members for who they are and to remember if you don’t choose to be light-hearted, “It just gets ugly.”

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