This pic shows how the anger is passed on to each family member. This child is ‘acting’ toward his stuffed toy as he has been shown, with anger.
Everyone experiences anger in response to frustrating situation, and in most cases the anger is short-lived. No one is born with an anger problem. Anger and aggressive response styles are learned behaviors. Understandably, some people learn to demonstrate anger in childhood by copying the behaviors of angry people in their family of origin. If a child is raised in a home where one parent constantly criticizes and belittles the other, the child learns to criticize and belittle their self, and often recreates this behavior when they enter into relationships. Sadly, the criticism and belittling is just ‘acting normally’ (meaning normal for their family of origin). This continues the cycle of behavior.
Pic from post on FB page for Dr Kaylene Henderson- Child Psychiatrist, Feb 26, 2015.
Post link: https://www.facebook.com/drkaylenehenderson/photos/pb.340509142667649.-2207520000.1427041318./865966270121931/?type=3&theater
FB page link: https://www.facebook.com/drkaylenehenderson
#86, Legacy of Anger