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What Influences Shaped Your Life?

By Arlene Harder, MA, MFT

“The particular human chain we’re part of is central to our individual identity. Even if we loathe our families, in order to know ourselves, we seem to need to know about them, just as prologue. Not to know is to live with some of the disorientation and anxiety of the amnesiac.”
— Elizabeth Stone, Black Sheep and Kissing Cousins


“What families have in common the world around is that they are the place where people learn who they are and how to be that way.”
—Jean Issley Clarke, Self-Esteem: A Family Affair


“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.”
—Minna Thomas Antrim, Naked Truth and Veiled Illusions

In the topics below, explore how it is that you have reached this stage in your life and see the world the way you see it.