Some Information About Dysfunctions

What is a dysfunction? A dysfunction is anything that keeps a person from functioning to the best of their ability. This can include certain disabilities.

Some dysfunctions are caused by disabilities, though there are many times that dysfunctions are unrelated to disabilities. No matter the cause, dysfunctions can disrupt home, school, and/or work life. 

Most of the time, people reference dysfunctions as Family Dysfunctions; but I have learned over the years that dysfunctions can also occur at school and/or work. 

There are many causes and types of dysfunction. Two great resources come from Kalpana M and Gregg Henriques, Ph. D.  To find their articles, click on their names.

Both Kalpana and Dr. Henriques describes all of the things that I think of when I think of dysfunction. Though they do a wonderful job going into detail, they describe dysfunction in different ways. Because their combined articles do a wonderful job, I will not go into detail here. For more detailed information, please refer to their articles by clicking on their names.

To summarize my thoughts on the subject, the types of dysfunctions that I refer to that interfere with home, school, and/or work are those related to the way we interact with others, no matter what the cause. 

Sometimes it can be as simple as having a stressful day, so we become off-centered and possibly irritable, which then leads to our inability to communicate effectively with others. It can be as complex as having an altered personality due to alcohol or drug use, or having schizophrenia. 

Sometimes dysfunctions are temporary conditions, while other times they have been with us since childhood. 

When they have been with us since childhood, they seem natural. They are an everyday occurrence, occurring in all relationships, whether home, school, and/or work. When dysfunctions have occurred since childhood, we usually have no clue that there are better ways, or we have no idea how to learn about them; and the school of hard knocks becomes our teacher. 

When we travel on the road of personal growth, we become aware that there are better ways, but we usually are not skilled in better methods or we have no idea what choices we have.

Learning new ways takes time and effort. It takes discipline, intention, and practice. Sometimes, raising our own family, getting involved in college life, or gaining new employment can interfere with learning these ways, so the dysfunctions carry over into these environments.

If we want change at home, school, and/or work for ourselves, our children, or grandchildren, we must work on ourselves.