FAMILY   

If you don’t have a typical family structure, use whomever was influential in your life during your formative years; foster parent, fellow inmate, abusive uncle, neighbor, etc. Input as many as you need.

 

1. Write down all the names of your immediate family and assign a single word to describe them.

 

A.____________________         ____________________

B. ____________________        ____________________

C. ____________________        ____________________

D. ____________________        ____________________

E. ____________________        ____________________

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2. Write how you arrived at these conclusions by citing specific memories that support that word.  It can be as long or short as you need.

 

A.

B.

C.

D.

E.

3. In the 1st column rewrite the original emotion from #1. In the 2nd column write how you reacted. In the 3rd column write a perspective you have chosen with maturity and clarity.

 

1. ______________________Then _________________ Now _________________

2. ______________________Then_________________  Now _________________  

3. ______________________Then _________________ Now _________________

 

Observations/Elaborations:

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4. Which member of your family has a personality that is most like yours?

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5. Which family member has positive traits you share and what are they? 

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6. Which family member has negative traits you share and what are they? 

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7. Which family member do you hold the most.. 1. Judgment  2. Resentment 3. Love  Why?

1._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

8. What action can you take to dispel any and all negative emotions towards your family members? After all, it's your life. 

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6. What are 

Much of our internal turmoil that we wear today was borne within these relationships.  It's difficult to evaluate them honestly since they are wrapped up in convoluted emotional debris. Whatever the circumstance,  know that acceptance, forgiveness and appreciation are the keys to balanced and resolved relations. Particularly with the most important relationship - the one with yourself. 

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