The power differential in families is highly adaptive. What are some risks and benefits associated with this adaptive feature in terms of the parental relationship? In what ways is the power differential in sibling relationships similar to and different from those of the parental dyad?
Individuals in families are often labeled according to their strengths or weaknesses (i.e., the Athletic One, the Smart One, the Troublemaker). What impact do labels have on individuals? In what ways does the family system maintain these labels? What happens to homeostasis when individuals no longer abide by their labels? How might homeostasis be restored?