isolated and lacks the support of the extended family. This puts too much pressure on the parents who lack emotional support and often take out their anger and frustration on each other and their family.
Laing argues that the family can cause mental illness such as stress, depression and anxiety because parents and children spend too much time with each other . Parents expect too much of their children and the children feel suffocated .
Laing wrote about a girl called Jane who became schizophrenic and thought she was a tennis ball because she was bounced between her parents emotionally.
Cooper takes a more Marxist approach to the family and focuses particularly on how children are treated . He argues parents teach children to be obedient , so when they go to work they are easily controlled . Parents make children aim at getting respectable jobs, and any dreams are stamped upon. Parents are like the capitalists or bosses , and the children become the proletariat workers .