ADULT CHILDREN: THE SECRETS OF DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

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The original best-selling book that has been hailed as the clearest explanation of what works and what does not work in family systems and in growing up. With over 300,000 copies sold, this is the essential work for those who are seeking a clearer, fuller understanding of personal and family health and dysfunction. We have received hundreds of letters over the years from readers who have found hope, discovery, and healing as a result of reading this book.

Chapter Listing

1. Introduction

2. Two Stories

3. Who Are We? What Are Our Symptoms?

4. Some Hooks: Addictions In Particular

INTERLUDE

5. The Bear

FAMILY ROOTS

6. Family Systems: Structure, Function, Roles, Boundaries

7. The Traps Get Set

8. When Families Get Off Course

INTERLUDE

9. The Goose

WHAT HAPPENS TO ME?

10. The Denial

11. The Feelings

12. The Secrets

13. What Happens To Our Identity

14. Intimacy and Beyond

INTERLUDE

15. The Rabbit

BENEATH THE ICEBERG

16. A General Model of Adult Children and Co-dependency

RECOVERING: WHAT DO I DO NOW?

17. Uncovering and Admitting

18. Working a Program

19. A Word About Healing and Spirituality

POSTLUDE

20. Kiss Your Monster on the Nose