While some family members can be harder to get on with than others, it is possible to keep the peace and have sane and healthy relationships.
So say a couple who work in the field of health in a new book that is coming out this month.
Coping With Difficult Families has been co-written by Dr Jane McGregor and her husband Tim and follows previous help books they have collaborated on.
The new book has been produced by Sheldon Press, a leading UK health and self-help publisher.
“We all have family members who push our buttons,” say the authors.
“Some are poor communicators, others are antisocial and the rest try our patience in one way or another.”
The book deals with difficult family relationships, from coping with the socially awkward to the highly sensitive.
It discusses taboo subjects, such as how to deal with entrenched patterns of behaviour such as obsessive compulsive disorder, addiction and self-harm, through to how to help the highly sensitive positively cope with everyday life.
Topics include how to set boundaries, overcome emotional trauma and develop emotional resiliency in order to cope better.
With an emphasis on empathy and emotional intelligence, the book offers practical advice on how to break dysfunctional family dynamics and interact effectively with your relatives.
It is available from bookshops and online stores in paperback and eBook formats.
“We believe this book will help a lot of families,” Dr McGregor said.
Dr McGregor works as a freelance writer and part-time lecturer for the School of Health Sciences, part of the Institute of Mental Health at Nottingham University.
She has a PhD in public health and works as a researcher and clinician in the area of addiction.
Tim McGregor is a freelance health and social care management consultant, writer and trainer, with more than 20 years experience in health matters, specialising in mental health and addiction and working for both the NHS and the voluntary sector.
The couple and their son Fin live in Spalding Road, Bourne.