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Chapter 2. Parental Messages and Critica... > Two Parental Messages to Watch Out f...

Two Parental Messages to Watch Out for

Typically, when we leave home parents do not take us aside and tell us that it’s time for us to choose which values to keep and which to discard. When something does go wrong, we replay our “parent tapes”—the messages we received as kids—pointing out that our parents were right all along. Let’s look at two very common parental messages and see how they might affect our ability to handle critical feedback as adults.

Parental Message #1

One message very familiar to many adults is “What will other people think?” This message is especially prevalent among people who grew up in small towns or who had parents in prominent positions (minister/rabbi, doctor, mayor, principal, etc.).


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