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Updated Dec 24, 2012 - 9:02 am

Family dysfunction rears ugly head on holidays

No family is perfect, but if it seems the imperfections are amplified this time of year, it's because they are.

"The holidays actually increase family dysfunction," said Phoenix psychologist Dr. Ron Lavit.

Lavit, who helps families in crisis, said he gets a lot busier this time of year.

"I don't want a put a number on it, but I am busier dealing with conflicts," he said.

Lavit said if extended family is brought together in a single place where personalities might clash and grudges might exist, then you have a recipe for disaster.

Lavit said the best thing for children, family and yourself -- if you find yourself really stressed out -- is start learning how to forgive and start communicating with people you trust.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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