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          Problem Parent or Problem Child?

          June 27, 2007

          Sometimes determining who’s to blame for problems within a dysfunctional family is hard. The parent blames the child. The child blames the parent. Dr. Phil gets to the bottom of the debate!



          Escalating Violence

          Penny says her life is in shambles because her 17-year-old son, Jason, is threatening and violent. Jason says it’s his mother’s fault because she’s an alcoholic. Penny’s sister, Jackie, is worried they will kill each other. 


          Jason records his mother on video.



          Living in Denial?

          Dr. Phil doesn’t mix words when he tells Jason and Penny what he thinks about their relationship. Will Penny continue to trivialize her drinking problem and deny any ownership in Jason’s behavior?


          “I think you are a self-destructive alcoholic.”



          Playing Favorites 

          Kim is a single mother of three, who says she loves her middle son, Cullen, the most. She admits she has photos of him all over the house ” but not of her other two sons ” because Cullen is her favorite. 


          Could a child bring bad luck?



          A Childhood Lost

          Kim’s older son, Shelby, 14, says he worries about his baby brother having the same childhood as he ” one of neglect and rejection. Dr. Phil explains how Kim’s favoritism is toxic to all her children.


          “You’re using that child to his detriment.”

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          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

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