The Struggle to Set Boundaries with Family
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Even when we feel like we’ve made so much progress on our healing journeys and are getting more comfortable with setting healthy boundaries, we may face a challenge, or sometimes even feel as if we’ve regressed when setting boundaries with family members.
This is because when it comes to doing work with our family of origin, we’re “returning to the scene of the crime,” so to speak. The neural pathways that were formed in our brains are wired to respond a certain way to events that happen in our lives, and most of these events took place in our early lives, among members of our immediate family.
Please know that you are not alone. Many people, across all stages of their healing journeys experience difficulty setting boundaries with their immediate families. Remember to give yourself grace, and celebrate the fact that you are making positive changes in your life.
Cassandra Solano, LCSW
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