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Family Matters

    “Like father, like son” “The family that prays together, stays together” “Home is where the heart is” “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family” “Family is forever” “Treat your family like friends, and your friends like family” “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” “Nothing is more important than family”   The problem with family, is that almost everyone has had one. Which makes almost everyone an expert. It is easy to fall prey to the bias of false consensus wherein we assume, not necessarily correctly, that there is such a thing as the “typical family” and that this “typical family” mirrors our own in terms of dynamics, values and the correct way of handling conflict at home. This bias can lead us to offer advice and support to others in times of crisis, that are relevant to our own experiences but don’t necessarily translate to a family with different values, cultural practice and history. Par