Overcoming Your Difficult Family:
8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation
by Eric Maisel, Ph.D.
New World Library
Usually when I think of Eric Maisel, I think of creativity because so many of his books that I have reviewed have been aimed at creative people. Then I remember he is also a retired family therapist and draws upon that background extensively in his writing and teaching. His newest book is aimed at everyone.
The book explains 10 types of dysfunctional families, including sad and anxious families, warring and divided families and bullying, aggressive, and abusive families.
Maisel suggests we have our toolbox at the ready, so when we encounter difficulties in the family we can act appropriately. The tools/qualities/skills for the toolbox are: smarts, strength, calmness, clarity, awareness, courage, presence, and resilience.
The book offers a chapter on each skill and a chapter on each type of family. This makes it easy to reference the help you might need. There are also lots of stories that help make the ideas clear and practical ways to use the information given.
Overcoming Your Difficult Family is a much-needed book that can help us navigate the sometimes murky family waters we have to wade or swim through.