STRAIGHTEN

UP: STEP 17

A Personal Evaluation

It's time to discover where the common characteristics of being raised in a dysfunctional family come from. We weren't born with these characteristics, but we developed them in a response to a particular situation in our childhood. It's helpful, even vital, to understand this.

 

EXERCISE

Draw out the table below into your journal.

 

The columns lead us towards a particular trait. Fill them in as best you can based on your memories.

 

Think of an event from your childhood that stands out, and see if you can think of what happened, why it happened, how you responded and which characteristic it reminds you of today. There's an example in the first column.

 

See Step 16 for clues on which characteristic it reminds you of.