An Educational Video on the Shame Cycle and How Dysfuctional Families Start The term dysfunctional family has become popular in the last several decades, but most people are not sure what the term really means. A dysfunctional family is an abusive family. Some of these families are physically or sexually abusive, but most often they display varying degrees of emotional abuse. Most of the emotional abuse goes unnoticed and has become so institutionalized that it is seen as normal and healthy. Because of this the cycle of abuse, shame, and dysfunction gets handed down through families from generation to generation. The emotional abuse that is shown in a dysfunctional family takes the form of expecting family members to be perfect and in control at all times. They are rigid and stilted and often don’t talk about feelings directly. They are run by shame and abandonment. In this system people become stereotypes of themselves and lose their full potential. They are afraid to show who they are and therefore become isolated from each other. Instead of relating to each other in a spontaneous and flexible manner they hide from each other and only respond with what they think the other person wants to hear. This does not mean that the members of a dysfunctional family are bad people. They are just very insecure and therefore blame each other for their problems. They are not as happy and healthy as they could be. The parents teach their children to feel shameful and they in turn teach it to their children. This educational video focuses on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this painful disorder. The cycle of shame can be broken and this educational video is a great start. By Jef Gazley, M.S., LMFT Copyright © 2006. The other self-help educational videos in the series includes: Communication Assertiveness training, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms and treatment, Healthy Boundaries, Love Addiction, Chemical Dependence or Substance Abuse, Codependency, and Parenting Skills. This psychology video offers one (1) NBCC-approved CE clock hour. Running Time: 53:45 minutes Watch this Dysfunctional Families video right from your computer. It's faster and inexpensive! See a Sample of this Psychology Video about Dysfunctional Families and The Shame Cycle. A review by a therapist about this psychology video: This DVD points out crucial differences between shame and guilt, personhood and behavior. We all come from dysfunctional families; it is just a matter of degree. As usual, Jef's presentation is outstanding, with clear, concise modes of communication. I regularly use this DVD in my private practice.