When family members alienate or estrange one family member that one family member is thought to be the black sheep of the family.
A family member can alienate themselves from the family instead of the family doing it. The black sheep may get a rap of going against the family, which can be because of beliefs, values and truths or it can be from being non-agreeable, disagreeable with an individual family member, which can cause other family members to take sides.
A black sheep can be different to or indifferent to other family members through personality and appearance in that they think and act differently or they think and act very much the same but in some way they stand out.
Other family members may hold same or similar personalities, beliefs and values where they act close to alike.
Genetics or environmental cues might invite similarities. But a big why family members would choose to alienate another family member or the singled out family member alienates himself or herself is not because of being disagreeable or different but because of dislike.
Dislike of a family member or the family members dislike for another family member may lead to being the black sheep of the family.
The dislike can stem from many factors. Anger being a big one, expression of favoritism by other family members and mistreatment.
Anger can be hard to get over especially when it comes from a place of being hurt. Anger can be suppressed and arise to the level that it can no longer be left unchecked when the emotion bursts from the detachment of isolation pricked by the presence of the family member that initiated the conflict.
2. Expression of Favoritism
When one member in the family can do no wrong amid other family members eyes it thrusts resentment and feelings of bitterness upon other members in the family. It is often one that may take it harder and be off spoken on the candor and the liberties the family takes in promoting such discord over a favorite.
Feeling like other family members get special treatment, being neglected, being emotionally or physically abused are all explanations for alienation.
The expression of favoritism, which leads to feelings of mistreatment, infuses undeniable anger between family members. The individual most hurt will be vocal, which alienates family members who don’t want resistance to disrupt harmony. They estrange the one family member. The vocal family member may alienate himself or herself to keep from having to deal with the family and their quirks.