I am going to begin a series of articles which will describe many of the dynamics of what happens in an incestuous home. Not all homes were incest occurs fit this description, but it is pretty accurate. I am summarizing information from an excellent overview written by Patricia Crigler, who at the time she wrote it was Commander, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, and Director, Substance Abuse Department, Naval Hospital, San Diego, California.  Her characteristics of incest struck home with me because I was raised in a military family. This discussion does not go into military life per se, but is fairly accurate for a large percentage of incestuous families in America.