Anatomy of an Estranged Family

Is your living mother dead to you? Most children adore their mothers. To such ones, this question is despicable or off-putting. The majority may say, ‘Shame on you if you don’t love the person who brought you into this world.’ But there is a subset of the population that characterizes its family relationships as dysfunc­tional—71 percent of 343 polled. Much of the frustration lies in not knowing why occasions to bond are so difficult. This psycho­logically thrilling article empowers the disen­chanted to better grasp the emotion­al dysfunc­tion…

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