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Chapter 1. Exploring Family > The Intriguing History of Family

The Intriguing History of Family

To better understand family, the complex dynamics of relationships within families, and how to more usefully relate to our subjects’ perceptions of how they fit into their families and often the world, we need to start at the beginning.

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Ancient Legends

The first origins of the structure of family vary by geography and historical documentation. According to ancient Chinese legend, families were first identified as separate social structures when Emperor Fu Xi standardized a naming system in 2852 B.C. to ease the burden of census taking, which also led to better defining matrimonial relationships. By taking family names, the structure of individual families became more distinct. Families became very important and more technically were attributed as consisting of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course children. It was widely accepted that ancestors who had passed on were still active members of family, too—perhaps not seen but still worshipped and considered decision influencers.


  

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