In this comprehensive introductory guide, a licensed Psychotherapist and Family Systems expert explores how and why families reject, shame, and blame one of their own. Via psycho-education and self-help tools, the author offers a way out for adults trapped in the family scapegoat role, allowing them to release the ‘scapegoat story’ for good.
Targeted Age Group:: 35
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This introductory guide on family scapegoating dynamics and recovering from this most insidious form of systemic psycho-emotional abuse was written at the request of readers of my international 'Scapegoat Recovery' blog in advance of my releasing a research-based book on what I have named 'Family Scapegoating Abuse' (FSA).
While disagreements and interpersonal conflicts are common in even the healthiest of family systems, family scapegoating goes far beyond this, making recovering from its impact and effects difficult.
For example, more than half of those who responded to an Family Scapegoating Abuse (FSA) survey I conducted have been described as “mentally ill”; “emotionally sick”; or “a liar” by a parent or other relative when there was absolutely no truth to this whatsoever. Naturally, being spoken about in this way can be confusing, angering, and even traumatizing to the target of such hostile and defamatory statements.
In addition to the challenges related to dis-identifying from the family ‘scapegoat story’ and attendant distorted narratives, it has been my observation that many FSA survivors are suffering from symptoms of undiagnosed, untreated Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) as well as betrayal trauma. Thus, trauma is an area that must also be addressed if one is to fully recover from the negative effects of being scapegoated by their family (an issue that I’ll be covering in this guide).
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