Family. The word...the concept behind it...summons thoughts of an association in which there is an absolute, sancrosanct trust...the one association that an individual can rely on when all other social associations fail. It's supposed to be the one human social institution that is purely altruistic and is beyond corruption, at least in theory.
But is it possible, or even likely, that family is sometimes the *worst* possible influence on an individual? I'm not even talking about the worst case scenarios wherein there's substance abuse, gambling addictions, or domestic violence. I'm just talking about family members consciously or unconsciously "infecting" other family members with their own personal dysfunctions.