Healthy Boundaries: Tips for Families
Too Much Closeness
This pattern can lead to individuals being overly dependent on each other. There is a lack of personal boundaries and little private space is permitted. Emotions are highly contagious in these types of families. In some cases children can easily be frightened by their own need for independence if they sense that their mom or dad panics when they are out of sight. If one person is sad or angry, everyone else’s mood is affected. In contrast, in a family with better boundaries, one member can have a bad day and others can still be happy.