Perfect Daughters

Perfect Daughters

Adult Daughters of Alcoholics

eBook - 1989
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Health Communications, Inc.
Daughters of alcoholics often assume responsibility for the failures of others. Ackerman explores - and helps conquer - these issues.


Are women who were raised in alcoholic families, adult daughters, different from women who were raised in non-alcoholic families? Dr. Ackerman, a leading expert on alcoholism and the family and especially on children of alcoholics of all ages, has brought together the thoughts, ideas and feelings of more than 1200 women in this first book on adult daughters of alcoholics.

Do you find yourself represented in any of the following statements from adult daughters?

  • If I please everyone, everyone will be happy
  • If I don't get too close emotionally, no one can hurt me
  • Nothing is wrong but I don't feel right
  • Something is missing from my life
  • My relationships usually consist of a lack of trust, fear of intimacy, low self-worth, over-responsibility and picking the wrong person.

    If you often feel isolated, engage in self-condemnation, experience inconsistency, always want to be in control, rely heavily on others for their approval and believe that you must be perfect, you have many things in common with other adult daughters. Adult daughters are beginning to talk about their experiences, express their fears and share their growth. This book represents many of the stories of childhood pain and the paths to recovery that have been found by many Perfect Daughters.


    Baker & Taylor
    Shares the feelings of adult children of alcoholics, identifies their fears and feelings, and explains how they have overcome childhood

    Health Communications Inc.

    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 ten 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 twelve hundred perfect daughters, offering readers 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 every one who found validation, hope, courage and support in the pages of the originalPerfect Daughters, as well as new readers and every therapist who confronts these issues.

    Also includes: a comprehensive reference section and complete index.



  • Publisher: Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c1989
    ISBN: 9780585110868
    0585110867
    Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 197 p.)

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    colleenwalsh
    Feb 15, 2011

    I have been in recovery for over 10 years and have never quite looked at the reasons I am the way I am in the way that this book points out. I found it somewhat repetative, but Ackerman organizes his thoughts effectively and definitely brings character defects into perspective. I recommend this to ladies who feel different but don't know why.

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