Healthy Boundaries: Tips for Families
Symptoms of Being Overly Involved
Families where there is over-involvement often have difficulties with physical or psychosomatic illness, and children are typically inhibited (even if in very subtle ways) from progressing along the developmental continuum. Kids begin to hold themselves back, sacrificing their autonomy to respond to needs that they perceive in the family. From a clinical standpoint, over-involvement can also lead to spoiling a child who can then feel too self-important and ignore the needs and feelings of others.