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family secrets

Family secrets refer to those topics charged with intense feelings of fear, shame, and guilt. To speak openly about them is forbidden although, as a rule, the entire family knows about them. The taboo against revealing the secrets is primarily to avoid mortification and conflict.

Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)


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