By John C. Friel Ph.D., Linda D. Friel M.A.
It really is envisioned that as many as 34 million humans grew up in alcoholic houses. yet what concerning the remainder of us? What approximately households that had no alcoholism, yet did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy difficulties, melancholy, difficulties in expressing emotions, plus all of the different character qualities which may produce a relatives approach very similar to an alcoholic one? numerous thousands people fight with these kind of dysfunctions on a daily basis, and until eventually very lately we struggled by myself. Pulling jointly either concept and scientific perform, John and Linda Friel supply a readable rationalization of what occurred to us and the way we will be able to rectify it.
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Page 22 65. We are lovers of life whose little child is locked inside of us, waiting to be set free. Regardless of our symptoms or circumstances, we are Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families because: Something happened to us a long time ago. It happened more than once. It hurt us. We protected ourselves the only way we knew how. We are still protecting ourselves. It isn't working anymore. Symptoms of Adult Children The symptoms that we develop as a result of what happened to us run the gamut of psychiatric and stress-related disorders, from substance use disorders and other addictions to depression, phobias, anxiety, personality disorders, sexual dysfunction, intimacy disorders, overactivity, eating disorders, compulsive behavior and obsessions.
Am I a compulsive gambler or am I a gambling addict? Or does it really matter what we call it, as long as we know that it's something out of control that is doing us and others harm? Unhealthy Dependencies Unhealthy dependencies grow out of our normal dependent state as infants. We are born totally dependent upon our parents for our survival. Without them feeding us, nurturing us and taking care of us when we are sick, we would literally die. Thus our dependency needs are rooted deeply and firmly in terms of absolute survival.
He was active in sports, attractive and popular with his classmates. Frank's mother was the perfect surgeon's wife in those days beautiful, poised, charming and a pillar of the community in her own right. Although they had a housekeeper, his mother did not idle her days away. She ran Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, belonged to the hospital auxiliary, and both she and her husband belonged to a study group at their church. They were a successful, devout and highly visible family in the community, and Frank was proud to be a part of it.