3 Strategies for Surviving Thanksgiving With Your Family

November 25, 2014 10:49 PM

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When I sit down with a therapy client to talk about Thanksgiving, it can feel more like we're running football plays than doing therapy. They don't want to get tackled by nosy questions, or they wonder how they can sneak past heated political or religious debates. The truth is, there's nothing wrong with being strategic when it comes to being around your family. In fact, the holidays can be an opportunity for hyper speed growth, because where there is anxiety, there's opportunity for change. So before you take a Xanax and muddle through, here are some alternative plays for spending the holidays with your family.

Avoid the triangle. If you map out family interactions over a single get together, you'll find a tangled web. In therapy we call these patterns emotional triangles, and it happens when two people position themselves against a third. Your aunt will whisper her thoughts to you about your cousin's new ...

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