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1.22 DYSFUNCTIONAL -- PSYCHOLOGY ABUSE TERMS, CONCEPTS

==== Dysfunctional

MEANING: Not functioning well or not functioning in a normal manner.

PERSONAL NOTE FROM RICK DOBLE: A dysfunctional family, for example, DOES function; it just does not function very well. Many comedies have been written about such families like the Chevy Chase vacation movies. For example, to take a trip a functional family will get in the car and simply drive from point A to point B. With a dysfunctional family, the people get into arguments, get distracted, the car breaks down because it wasn't repaired, they take a wrong turn, etc.

RELEVANCE TO ABUSE: An abuser may have come from a dysfunctional family and learned dysfunctional patterns, in fact it is almost certain that he or she did. The abused person needs to gently point out to the abusive person that he or she is repeating behavior learned from a parent or sibling and that this behavior can be changed. The abused person may also have come from a dysfunctional family; in this case he or she may be also be repeating a pattern from the past.

RELATED WORDS AND PHRASES: conflict, misbehavior, nonfunctional

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