FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Misplaced Frustration: Scapegoat 1

with Ron Deal | June 8, 2020
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    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

We’ve all done it. We’ve all taken our anger out on someone who didn’t deserve it. But why?

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Misplaced Frustration: Scapegoat 1

With Ron Deal
June 08, 2020
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Ron: We’ve all done it. We’ve all taken our anger out on someone who didn’t deserve it. But why?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: Well, there are a few reasons: Frustration is not a patient emotion so it tends to erupt on whoever is right in front of us. It’s also safer to be frustrated at people who are less valuable to us. But then again, sometimes it’s safer to be frustrated with safe people. You know, people you know can handle your anger and it won’t go anywhere.

The point is this: don’t scapegoat someone else. Don’t take things out on a spouse just because they are standing there or a stepparent just because they are an easy target. Be responsible and talk directly to the person you are frustrated with. That is the only way to make things better. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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