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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.
|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|
|Appendix||The Research Behind Perfect Daughters||295|