The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

"Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world." - Andy Andrews

Has there been a time when you thought about the meaning of your life, or an instance when you think whether or not a little act you're about to take would matter to anyone at all? I have. The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews reminded me of those times. In the Author's Note, Andrews told about his own crossroads and how he managed to find a better, if not the best, perspective in life.

I Won! I Won! I'm One of the Winners of the Roaming Roños 1st Blog Contest!

Weeeee!!!!! Happiness! It's my first time to join an online contest, and I WON in The Roaming Roños 1st Blog Contest!

I never, not an ounce, expected to win. I just thought what-the-heck I really do like their traveling and biking escapades. It's not so much for me to make a comment on their blog. I'm dreaming of becoming a traveler on two-wheels (check my #35) and be a full-pledged mountain climber (based on purist standards) by conquering an alpine slope. I'm keeping tab of their Himalayan adventure and possibly other off-the-beaten-track adventures for reference. I'm thank them for sharing all that. If you share the same interests, hop on to their site!

And back to the contest, being one of the winners give me more reasons to show my gratitude. Thanks a lot Mr. and Mrs. Roño! I'm looking forward to a day of pampering.

Dysfunction in the Family: Types of Dysfunctional Families

In the course of continuing this series, I am overwhelmed by the wealth of available online information.  Family dysfunction is rooted on a large framework, it can't be confined to psychology or psychiatry only. For this series, I'll stick with the general and family context.  Moreover, I edited my post on the definition and characteristics of dysfunctional families to give it more depth. But I will resist to do the same for the rest of the series, and I will limit the resources to the already sizable number cited at the footer so as to avoid a long and tiresome, if not incoherent, discussion.

Moving on to the topic at hand, presented with some key points are the four types of systems that make a family dysfunctional:

Controlling, Religious Fundamentalist or Rigidly Dogmatic Family System
  • Parents fail to allow their children to assume responsibilities appropriate for their age.
  • Parents continue to be dominating and making decisions for their children.