Edwin Friedman on family function

Families can be quite functional and still be operating in a mode that is emotionally regressed, if not outright psychotic. The focus on symptoms such as drinking, abuse, conflict, and divorce distracts from the possibility that a family can be totally absent of those symptoms and still live in a distorted reality that is ultimately more destructive.

Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix