You’ve heard people describe themselves (or others) as the “black sheep of the family.” It’s not usually a compliment.
But the way they describe it sure sounds familiar.
Being the black sheep of the family doesn’t mean you’re never included or that your parents changed the locks when you “finally crossed the line” (though that’s true for some).
The exclusion doesn’t have to be physical or absolute to affect your relationships and mental health.
You don’t have to be “the worst” to be the family outcast.
You just have to stand out in a way they don’t like.