On a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the Kardashian clan decided to visit a family therapist. The family’s innermost emotions and struggles came to light as they met with Dr. Nicki J. Monti.
Dr. Monti utilized the systems approach of family therapy to understand how each individual family member is impacted by the larger family system.
Rob, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kris participated in their first family therapy session. So what happened and what can we learn from it?
Rob, Khloe and Kourtney expressed that Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner have a very tight bond. They also expressed that they sometimes feel left out and underappreciated by their mother. It seems to them that Kim is always put on some sort of pedestal in their mother’s eyes.
Kim Kardashian admitted that she and her mother are very close, and remarked that Khloe and Kourtney are very close as well. Kim expressed that she feels left out when Khloe and Kourtney hang out without her. On last week’s episode, Kim was very hurt when she learned that Khloe would be granted emergency guardianship of Mason if anything happened to Kourtney and her boyfriend, Scott Disick.
Khloe also spoke about being bullied as a teen. Kris Jenner stated that it’s very important for all family members to have lines and boundaries that they shouldn’t cross. Kris also remarked that it’s important to maintain “appreciation” within the family. There’ve been many instances on past episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in which the family did not show respect for Kris Jenner.
The family described Rob Kardashian as a “simmering volcano.” Rob remarked that much of his anger stems from the family thinking he’s a “loser” and the fact that he hasn’t met his career goals yet. Rob expressed feeling very “misunderstood” by his family. He left the family therapy session crying, and Dr. Monti went to talk with Rob privately.
It was important for the Kardashian family to air out some of their frustrations and grievances in a safe, therapeutic environment. In moving forward with the therapy sessions, it will be important for the family to understand how to respect and appreciate one another.
Family therapists view dysfunction as resulting from the communication and feedback loops that occur within a family structure, rather than solely on the mind and brain of the individual.
The ultimate goal of family systems therapy is to understand the relationships that are occurring within the family, develop new, healthier patterns of relationships within the family and reach optimal levels of growth as a result of the repaired family system.
Larissa Rzemienski is The Managing Editor at TvFilmNews.com. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, University Faculty Member in Psychology, and lover of Hollywood. She links the field of Psychology to Hollywood stories. Follow Larissa Rzemienski on Twitter @larissar6
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