The 5 Child Roles In Dysfunctional Families

 December 07, 2017

The 5 Child Roles In Dysfunctional Families

Serving as both a Scapegoat and Golden Child is the ultimate mindf*ck because there isn’t even any consistency. The child never knows if they will be punished or rewarded from one minute to the next. Their only advantage (if they are an only child) is that they don’t have siblings who have been turned into flying monkeys who collude in the abuse.

If the family ever develops a need for a new Scapegoat (if the Scapegoat goes No Contact, dies, or disappears), the Lost Child is usually picked as a replacement, due to their non-confrontational, malleable temperament and lack of any real pre-existing role in the family.


Written by Lauren Bennett
Originally appeared on Lucky Otter’s Haven
Printed with Permission

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