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Games People Play

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2478 (Published 19 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2478

The Parent-Child Relationship

Notwithstanding their distinguishing characteristics, most theories of
personality focus on the same thing: the parent-child relationship, with all its
nuances, conflicts, and contradictions. The primordial parent-child relationship
is uniquely powerful in shaping personality and serves as the template for all
future relationships. Childhood doesn’t last forever, but the effects of
childhood do.

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03 July 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA