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By Jonathan Decker, LMFT, MS
For some time I have been struck with just how many of my clients, while dealing with their own mental, emotional, or relational struggles, mention that they had a parent who "always had to be right," and "never took accountability for anything." While they cannot blame their parents for their behavior, the fact is that harmful patterns in our thinking and relationships can often be traced back to lessons learned, and examples observed, in childhood. The same is also true for healthy patterns, including apologizing and taking responsibility.