Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have unresolved issues from your childhood that still affect you today. By reading about the experiences of "perfect daughters" (adult daughters of alcoholics), you will see that you are not alone, that you can regain control of your life, and achieve healing and self-acceptance. In truth, although perfect daughters have more in common with other women than not, they do still have unspoken needs.

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Overview

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have unresolved issues from your childhood that still affect you today. By reading about the experiences of "perfect daughters" (adult daughters of alcoholics), you will see that you are not alone, that you can regain control of your life, and achieve healing and self-acceptance. In truth, although perfect daughters have more in common with other women than not, they do still have unspoken needs.

This new edition contains updated information throughout the book, as well as new sections on resiliency in childhood and adulthood, high-risk relationships, eating disorders, divorce and abuse (both physical and sexual). Even if you have read the original edition, you'll find a wealth of new information interwoven throughout the text of this revised volume, as well as helpful, affirming suggestions from Dr. Ackerman. Plus, one chapter is entirely devoted to letters from perfect daughters in various stages of recovery.

Whether you are seeking to examine your childhood's impact on your life; or you found validation, hope, courage and support in the pages of the original Perfect Daughters and want to learn more; or you are a therapist who felt one patient took another step toward healing as a result of the wisdom and empathy gained from this book -- this revised edition is essential reading.

Ackerman discusses the effects on women raised in dysfunctional homes and discusses how they are learning to live with the legacies of their childhoods, re-create self-worth, and find fulfillment in their adult lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558740815
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1990
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 1 Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 2.58 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Preface xv
Introduction xix
Part 1 Childhood Revisited
Chapter 1 Am I the Only One Who Feels This Way? Letters from Perfect Daughters 3
Chapter 2 Home Groan: Daughters in Alcoholic Families 33
Chapter 3 What Did You Learn at Home Today? 57
Chapter 4 These Are the Things I Learned 71
Part 2 Collecting Emotional Baggage
Chapter 5 Alcoholic Mothers: Pains of Endearment 89
Chapter 6 Alcoholic Fathers: Daughter Dearest 103
Chapter 7 Two Alcoholic Parents: Don't Add, Multiply 123
Chapter 8 Secrets and More Secrets 133
Part 3 Codependently Yours
Chapter 9 Me, Myself and I: How Well Do You Know These People? 157
Chapter 10 What Kind of Adult Daughter Are You? 171
Chapter 11 I'm Not Codependent, Are We? 199
Part 4 Concerns of the Day
Chapter 12 Relationships, or You Married a What? 217
Chapter 13 Perfect Parenting 247
Part 5 Discovery and Recovery
Chapter 14 I Think I Can, I Think I Can 263
Chapter 15 To Self, with Love, from Daughter 279
Postscript 293
Appendix The Research Behind Perfect Daughters 295
Bibliography 299
Index 305
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