Kurt Swensen

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Online Recovery Support – Episode 286

The benefits of individualized chemical dependency counseling vs. larger hospital based programs.

One size does not fit all.

12 step programs are not therapy. Support, yes, therapy, no.

Am I being honest or vulnerable? Whats the difference? How do I know differentiate?

Shame, anger, fear, and loss, or soft, warm, tender, gentle?

A review of some of the classic childhood roles from Wikipedia.

The six basic roles

  • Children growing up in a dysfunctional family have been known to adopt one or more of these six basic roles:[11]
  • The Good Child (also known as the Hero): a child who assumes the parental role.
  • The Problem Child or Rebel (also known as the Scapegoat): the child who is blamed for most problems related to the family’s dysfunction, despite often being the only emotionally stable one in the family.
  • The Caretaker: the one who takes responsibility for the emotional well-being of the family.
  • The Lost Child: the inconspicuous, quiet one, whose needs are usually ignored or hidden.
  • The Mascot: uses comedy to divert attention away from the increasingly dysfunctional family system.
  • The Mastermind: the opportunist who capitalizes on the other family members’ faults to get whatever he or she wants. Often the object of appeasement by grown-ups.

Continued to take inventory and when wrong promptly admitted it.

Deeper levels of meditation and consciousness.

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Kurt Swensen • November 3, 2014

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