Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
This also seems to be a rather Western phenomenon - the notion that parents inflict mental illness on their children, and vice versa.
In contrast, the Asian norm is that a family staying together us a good thing, because you get to see your loved ones everyday.
I wasn't saying the parents inflict mental illness on their kids, (although some do by way of negating and invalidating their feelings constantly). I was saying that it's bad for everyone involved. Past a certain point, if kids haven't left the nest and gone out into the world, arrested development sets in. It also sets up an unhealthy dynamic in the family in my opinion.
People aren't supposed to stay with their parents past a certain point. Just like everything in the animal kingdom, there comes a time when they need to head out on their own and face the world. If they don't, then they don't develop into full grown people.