Family myths operate very much like secrets, only in counter-functioning ways. Myths are the things we do talk about in our family, but aren’t really there. Like secrets, all families have their myths, which are used to project and exaggerate a picture of family goodness or perfection.
Probably the most common one is for family members to say “We’re very close as a family.”
Other common family myths are how much the family enjoys get-togethers and reunions, how harmonious family relations are, how much the family respects one another, and how selfless, godly, ungreedy, and unpetty are family members.
The “Looking Good” Family is a Common Family Myth