Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda. All rights reserved. Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.
Bradshaw (1988) explains how family dysfunction occurs due to "inadequate rules or belief systems" (p. 37). These rules are based on "shoulds", "musts", and "oughts" that determine an individuals behavior and ultimately take one away from their feelings, thoughts, perceptions, decisions, and dreams. He calls these rules "abusive and shaming" (1988, p. 2). To compensate, Bradshaw (1988) says, "one develops a false self in order to survive" (p. 3). This constitutes, a mind-body split. Body sensations are denied and become unconscious or a secondary process to the rules created through language and received through the mind channels. The person is no longer whole, but fragmented into parts. There is a gap in perception similar to, although not as drastic as, the gap in perception experienced with the split-brain patients. This gap in perception ultimately affects the way one perceives one's self, others and the world around them.
(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for Jonh F. Kennedy University: Final Integrative Project, Mar1997.)
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