Perfect Daughters

  • by Robert Ackerman
  • Narrated by Rebecca Rogers, Winter Grayden
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 10 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 12 hundred perfect daughters, offering listeners 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 everyone who found validation, hope, courage and support in the pages of the original Perfect Daughters, as well as new listeners and every therapist who confronts these issues.
Also includes: a comprehensive reference section and complete index.


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A well written, insightful book. Also well researched, and told with kindness.
I expect to listen to it many times.
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- Amazon Customer

I am a Daughter of an Alcoholic. No longer trying to be Perfect.

Excellent book. Helped me process a lot of painful past life experiences that no one in my family at this time, is able to discuss openly. Not easy to listen, but I found it necessary to face it, so I can move forward.
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- Ariana Flores

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios