The family scapegoat and golden child roles are two sides of the same coin, and neither role has to do with the merit of the child themselves. It all has to do with how the parent sees themselves.
In this episode, we explore what traits the golden child may have in adulthood, the benefits and struggles that come with that, as well as how they are pitted against the scapegoat to provide the emotionally immature parent a supply of attention.
We also explore how high demand religion influences family systems that employ this scapegoat/golden child dynamic and how to begin shedding these roles if they no longer serve us.
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