The impact of growing up in your family is tremendously powerful for everyone. There are an infinite variety of things you learned and experienced that shaped your perceptions of yourself, others, and the world around you. It is in our family of origin that we learned how to interact and communicate, how to manage our emotions and meet our needs. Most of our values and beliefs come from our parents. Our sense of self originates chiefly from our relationship with our parents and other family members. If we felt safe and were loved a majority of the time, we develop a stable and healthy sense of self. If on the other hand, love and safety were usually not present, our sense of who we are can become unstable, unhealthy and fractured.