But there is hope - a family map can allow us to grasp complexity at a glance.
Beyond that, it can open a window into family dynamics that trip us up.
The family is more than a collection of individuals.
It is a living organism: the multigenerational family emotional system.
Individuals are born and die, but a family’s past lives in the present, transmitted through the generations via interlocking relationship “triangles.”
The family map shows this graphically to allow us to detect patterns that are influencing our lives.
Once aware of these patterns we can begin to shift problematic thoughts and behaviors and to find life-giving alternatives for ourselves and our families.
No matter the issue or problem, whether anxiety, depression, addictions, child behavior problems, relationship conflicts, even physical illness, exploration of the family emotional system will shed light and guide action.