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Issue with Parents and Sister

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Well, they all seem to pick on me and have ago at me, when I do nothing wrong. They sometimes talk about me, and it’s sometimes nasty. I have a go at them. But they tell me I’m wrong all the time :( it sucks so much… (From Kent)

Issue with Parents and Sister

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At 18 I can appreciate the difficulty in dealing with your family while still at home. It is time to make a plan to become more independent. It might take you a little bit of time, but getting out from under your parents and sister’s dominion is essential.

Until then you may want to take a course on assertiveness. Speaking up and being clear about what’s acceptable and what’s not — with your family as well as with others — is an important skill. If there are no assertiveness training programs near you ask your local bookstore for one. Speaking up for yourself until you can leave will help.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Issue with Parents and Sister

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Issue with Parents and Sister. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
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