Some relationships are too toxic to sustain, but the estranged often suffer a loss of self-esteem, trust, and well-being.
The estranged feel socially disenfranchised and judged by a culture that expects family cohesion. They often see the cutoff as a personal failing, and they internalize this shame.
The pandemic has loosened family ties. Many prefer to spend time with “chosen” friends, rather than family members.
When estrangement echoes through generations, adults and children lose family members and suffer the lingering consequences of ostracism and isolation.
The royal brothers seemed frosty toward each other at the Jubilee celebrations. Reconciliation will require commitment, goodwill, listening, and mindfulness.
Narcissistic behavior is often the hidden factor behind sibling estrangement. Here are some characteristics of narcissistic siblings.
Rumination often plagues the estranged. Here are ten tips on how to stop loop thinking.
With respect to the famous psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the five stages of grief for a death differ from the five stages of grief for a sibling estrangement.
Mother’s Day may not be so happy for parents who have estranged children; many hope to sustain relationships with all of their children, but they often get caught in the crossfire.
Siblings are vulnerable to estrangement during certain life stages including adolescence, marriage, the birth of a baby, divorce or illness, parental illness, death or inheritance.