Being Well Podcast: Repairing with Family, Dealing with Difficult People, and Recognizing Power: Mailbag
February 6, 2023

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick and Forrest open up the mailbag and answer questions from listeners related to building better relationships (particularly with our families), dealing with difficult people, and recognizing power. 

They explore the common traits of happy families, how to deal with people who weaponize psychological jargon, navigating different perceptions of “what happened,” and repairing a damaged relationship with a child. Forrest ends the conversation by talking about the importance of “going to zero” after a breach of trust.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:00: Question 1: Common characteristics of happy families
  • 8:25: Differentiation and integration
  • 10:55: Symptoms of a less healthy family system
  • 12:15: The role of love 
  • 19:55: Question 2: What to do when people use psychological jargon during a conflict
  • 26:00: Defending yourself effectively, and staying on topic
  • 30:50: Question 3: Navigating different perceptions of a difficult event
  • 35:45: Question 4: Healing a strained relationship with a child (or parent)
  • 39:45: Functional repair before emotional vulnerability
  • 46:45: “Going to zero” with behavior when repair is needed
  • 56:10: Recap

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