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An Adult Child's Guide to What's 'Normal' Paperback – September 1, 1990
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Linda Friel is known throughout the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland for her therapeutic and training expertise in the areas of family systems, survivors of unhealthy childhoods, depression, anxiety, addictions and personality disorders. She is cofounder and national director of the ClearLife/Lifeworks Clinic, which is a special four-day therapy program to help people move beyond the painful patterns of childhood shortages.
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This book isn't another "blame the parents--give you an excuse" soother. It requires that we take responsibility for our adult lives, recovery, happiness, misery, relationships, dysfunctional patterns & our future. This book shows me exactly what healthy (they don't believe in the statistical normal, to them normal means emotionally healthy, which is a far more useful definition of the ambiguous term "normal" anyway) living means, looks-smells-tastes-feels like! I can use this book as a check-up to see if I'm on the right track and if not, follow the suggestions or get further help.
Most of all this book helped me to recognize that recovery isn't an overnight process, can't be done alone in isolation, that I'm human and mistakes are actually a GOOD and WELCOME experience and do NOT have anything whatsoever to do with my self-worth. This book even includes several chapters on how to respond to con artists, abusers & generally rude, mean or unhealthy people. How to deal with zingers, how to set healthy boundaries & protect ourselves & our healthy boundaries, I could go on for pages praising this book.
I've bought numerous other self-help books & this one was the best.Read more ›
A little more "how to" would have made this book a 5 star winner.
with practical answers for adult children of
dysfunctional families. Often we struggle with the
emptiness between identifying our unhealthy behaviour and
enacting healthy behaviour.
This book helps begin filling the space with some answers.
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Not really what I expected. I was hoping for more detail, but the book is pretty vague. Most of it is just a rehashing of the author's' previous book.Published 4 months ago by Sofonduh Peters
Excellent book: Highly recommend it for people who are struggling with this issuePublished 5 months ago by Barbara Vellenga
Must have for those growing up in a dysfunctional home/family.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! I usually don't write reviews for books but this book deserves praise. The book is an easy read with difficult content. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan Young
Just reading now. Excellent on understanding your normal...Published 14 months ago by Beverly E Montgomery