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Adult Children - exploring the phenomena of emotional maturity in an unforgiving world

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"Adult Children" (or ACOA) refers to people who were raised by alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional caregivers.

Some traits that Adult Children share are:

  • overdeveloped sense of responsibility
  • approval seeking
  • conflict avoidant
  • difficulty with intimacy
  • feel fundamentally different from "normal" people
  • may have issues with self esteem, shame, boundaries, abandonment, or authority figures

Some positive effects of a dysfunctional childhood are:

  • highly developed self reliance
  • ability to sense the mood of a room or person
  • increased empathy and compassion
  • awareness of abuse dynamics and tactics

Adult Children in recovery strive to go from an emotional child in an adult's body to an adult with a child-like side. Recovery is an ongoing process with many paths and detours and side trips. Recovering from childhood issues can be a lifetime endevour, but healing IS possible.

Recovery resources:

While the focus of this site is personality disorders, much of the information is relevant to Adult Children: http://outofthefog.net/CommonNonBehaviors/Fleas.html

This is an old and very trusted email group at Yahoo groups. Email aca-acoa-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to be added to the weekly mailing list. You can stay anonymous.

If you are interested in attending 12-Step meetings, here is the ACOA live meeting locator: http://www.allone.com/12/aca/ You do not have to "share" at the meetings or speak unless you want to.

Find a therapist: www.GoodTherapy.org Consider a therapist who has experience and training with trauma issues. EMDR therapy has been proven to help PTSD symptoms.


Other relevant subs:

>InternetParents - Ask the internet about things your parents never taught you.

>AlAnon

>RaisedByNarcissists

>AbuseInterrupted

>SuicideWatch

>ParentlessByChoice

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