Dysfunction as defined by m.dictionary.com means, “A consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.” Everyone suffers from dysfunction at some time or another in life after all, how else does one learn? Yes, if you do something inappropriately and you get a backlash from your family and/or friends hopefully this is enough to teach you to adjust your behavior to a more acceptable level during the next go around. This, of course, assumes you have a functional circle of support otherwise the need to change may not be addressed or may never surface.
Are you or do you know someone who seems to be stuck in a dysfunctional pattern? The good news, therapy communicates you can teach an “old dog new tricks” although you must be willing to embrace the changes necessary to create a world that is functional!
How do you start? By realizing you are responsible for your life as it feels and looks today. If it looks bad and feels horrible then your behavior is not serving you well. This screams, “It is time for change.”
A good way to learn appropriate behavior is through group therapy. This amazing process will teach you how others perceive you, how to reshape dysfunction into healthy behavior, and, it will build your confidence through your participation in helping others within this cohesive group.
According to Counseling.SA.UCSB.EDU/GroupCounseling/ some other benefits include:
• “Allows you to be less isolated as you work on your issues.
• Helps you to realize you’re not alone in your struggles.
• Provides multiple perspectives on issues and how you are seen by others...”
Putting your feelings into words is a freeing process. And, in a group of like individuals, when you hear someone share a difficult story even though this person risks the judgment of others, this testimony gifts courage. Vulnerability in this safe environment is key to healthy change.
A group, led by an experienced therapist, will take on the dynamics of a family. It is a safe place to free dysfunction and learn healthy behavior. So, if you missed critical lessons during your first go around in life, group therapy offers you another chance.