Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics

Overview

Classic text and perennial best-seller expanded and revised.

This new edition of Perfect Daughters, a pivotal book in the ACoA movement, identifies what differentiates the adult daughters of alcoholics from other women.

When this groundbreaking book first appeared over ten years ago, Dr. Ackerman identified behavior patterns shared by daughters of alcoholics. Adult daughters of alcoholics-"perfect daughters" -operate from a base of harsh and ...

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Overview

Classic text and perennial best-seller expanded and revised.

This new edition of Perfect Daughters, a pivotal book in the ACoA movement, identifies what differentiates the adult daughters of alcoholics from other women.

When this groundbreaking book first appeared over ten years ago, Dr. Ackerman identified behavior patterns shared by daughters of alcoholics. Adult daughters of alcoholics-"perfect daughters" -operate from a base of harsh and limiting views of themselves and the world. Having learned that they must function perfectly in order to avoid unpleasant situations, these women often assume responsibility for the failures of others. They are drawn to chemically dependent men and are more likely to become addicted themselves. More than just a text that identifies these behavior patterns, this book collects the thoughts, feelings and experiences of twelve hundred perfect daughters, offering readers an opportunity to explore their own life's dynamics and thereby heal and grow.

This edition contains updated information throughout the text, and completely new material, including chapters on eating disorders and abuse letters from perfect daughters in various stages of recovery, and helpful, affirming suggestions from Dr. Ackerman at the end of every chapter. This book is essential for every one who found validation, hope, courage and support in the pages of the original Perfect Daughters, as well as new readers and every therapist who confronts these issues.

Also includes: a comprehensive reference section and complete index.

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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