Let's add a layer to the individual as fused and enmeshed family system: that of the sphere of family business. So, there is the individual who may be fused to another family individual and this fusion is affecting the family functioning and it becomes enmeshed. When this enmeshed family system with the fused individuals attempt to operate within another system - that of their business, the ripple effect extends into not only the family, but to other unintended participants: the employees.
I am exploring these concepts and I'm sure they will continue to engage my thinking on future blogs. In the meantime, please feel free to comment and let me know what you think about this. Consultants: How have you worked with family businesses that are enmeshed? Employees: What is your experience of working in a family business that you perceived as enmeshed? Family members: Did you realize that your family business was enmeshed? What did you do?