Parent-child relationships influence how children grow up to see the world. Strained relationships can result in resentment and insecurity, and are a common topic of exploration and discussion when adults meet with therapists and counselors. But positive relationships have positive adult outcomes, and a new study has found a specific link between father-son relationships and grown sons’ ability to deal with stress. Men who report having had supportive, attentive fathers reacted to stress less emotionally and reported significantly fewer stressful situations in their daily lives. Those whose fathers were less attentive were more likely to become upset by social interactions. Talking with a psychotherapist or counselor can help adults not only understand how childhood family dynamics shaped their growth, but can also provide an opportunity to address insecurities and change mental patterns for the better.
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