Would you describe your family as “dysfunction junction?”

I’m talking about the ‘entombment’ of family issues. For twenty something years, I went through rejection by my husband’s family. (For more information on my experience, read “From Agnostic to Deacon, A Story of Hope and Conversion” available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. If you live in Charlotte, NC, you can go to Park Road Books to buy a copy.)

Kevin’s family decided I was too ‘backwards.’ I didn’t fit their perception of what they expected me to be. My mother-in-law’s mental illness didn’t help. Only after my parents-in-law died did our immediate family realize that my low self-esteem at the time had only made matters worse. Now that my self-esteem is much stronger, my relationship to my sister-in-law, in particular, is much improved.

The number of things that can hinder family relationships are too numerous to mention, so I’ll focus on just a few in the next blog post. I’ve already mentioned self-esteem (see my blog post entitled Entombment of Rejection just a few posts ago).

  1. Incorrect/negative perceptions, assuming.
  2. Finding fault, judging others or criticizing. This one, I hope, is self-explanatory.
  3. Overstepping your bounds.

I think that’s enough to go over for now.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

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