Family Mythology

Family mythology is a collection of false beliefs concerning family stories. Family members may present dysfunctional views when they see their current situations as an exact replica of their past or deny the truth of their family’s past experiences. It is usual and healthy for all families to have their myths but too much of it disrupts family homeostasis.

For instance, a family myth which narrates a “happy family with cheerful gatherings and pleasant relationships” is helpful in preserving satisfaction and integrity. However, believing in this myth too rigidly hides realistic family conflicts, empty depression, or relationship concerns that needs to be addressed.

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