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Publisher's Summary

It is estimated that as many as 34 million people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression, problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic one?
Countless millions of us struggle with these kinds of dysfunctions every day, and until very recently we struggled alone. Pulling together both theory and clinical practice, John and Linda Friel provide a listenable explanation of what happened to us and how we can rectify it.
©1988, 2010 John and Linda Friel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Michael on 01-14-14

An unbelievable book that will change your life

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite book thus far. Any fan of Alice Miller must listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Adult Children to and why?

The body never lies - alice miller

Any additional comments?

I identified incredibly with their stories. Their observations and thoughts allowed me to recognize many aspects of my childhood as abusive and heavily dysfunctional. I had a lot of anger and resentment for what felt like a lost childhood from absentee parents but had trouble identifying how exactly I experienced the abuse. This book allowed me to identify the abuse and gave me much needed confirmation of my feelings. Thank you

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By Mindymama on 06-04-17

Worth the listen. EXCELLENT.

very insightful and useful and even humorous book. the narrator is particularly excellent for his role.

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By Phyllis McA on 07-25-15

Addictive in a wholesome way!

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found this book one of the most 'must listen to' books I have, to date, in my Audible library. I identified with so many aspects described in it and found it very helpful in terms of promoting self discovery and insight.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 'characters' in this book that I most enjoyed were the ones I could identify within my own life. Both through aspects applicable to myself and to characteristics I could see in others close to me. This developed a greater insight into why I think/act the way I do, but in a refreshing way that helped me to reframe my thinking on certain life events.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to and authentic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely! I will read it again as there is much to gain from it!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book for anyone whether you have come from a dysfunctional home or know someone who has. It may surprise you to know how common these traits are!

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By Simone on 03-22-17

Highly recommended

Everyone should read/listen to this book as not everyone had perfect parenting since our parents are only human beings and make mistakes as they have their own insecurities, therefore, they project their junk onto us and/or raise us in dysfunctional ways which make us grow up as adult children.
For those who really came from dysfunctional families, the remedy is continuing with this kind of readings plus 12 step groups for adult children and therapy if you have the money for it.

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