The family you grew up with has a big impact on who you are today. Those early relationships become a template for future relationships – with spouses, friends, coworkers, bosses, and even your own children.
Sometimes, the key to understanding today’s struggles lies in understanding your history’s impact on you.
It’s easy to think of more complex situations – growing up with an emotionally immature parent, a family member with mental illness, a sibling with special needs, divorce, being a child of an alcoholic – as situations that shape your personality today. And certainly, these scenarios often make a notable impact on one’s development.