By John C. Friel Ph.D., Linda D. Friel M.A.
It's expected that as many as 34 million humans grew up in alcoholic houses. yet what concerning the remainder of us? What approximately households that had no alcoholism, yet did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy difficulties, melancholy, difficulties in expressing emotions, plus all of the different character features which may produce a relatives method very like an alcoholic one? numerous hundreds of thousands people fight with these kind of dysfunctions each day, and until eventually very lately we struggled on my own. Pulling jointly either idea and medical perform, John and Linda Friel supply a readable rationalization of what occurred to us and the way we will rectify it.
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At first she was addicted to Frank, waiting up for him when he was continually late at the office, reheating meals she had prepared hours before, nurturing and supporting Frank and his addiction, and denying the slowly-building resentment that at last burst forth in a flash of rage. In the end, she joined him in his addiction, taking on more and more work herself to try to blot out the frightening feelings that kept coming to the surface, and that she had never been taught how to deal with herself.
Depression 2. Anxiety/panic attacks 3. Suicide or suicidal thoughts 4. Obsessions and compulsions 5. Chemical addictions 6. Low self-esteem 7. Personality disorders 8. Phobias 9. Hysteria 10. Sexual dysfunction 11. Suspiciousness 12. Intimacy problems 13. Dissociation 14. Flat affect 15. Difficulty concentrating 16. Excessive anger 17. Low frustration tolerance 18. Passive/aggressive personality 19. Extreme dependency 20. Inability to be interdependent 21. Inability to play or have fun 22. Inability to be assertive 23.
5. Are about the denial of feelings. 6. Are intimacy and relationship "blockers". 7. Are about shame. Our symptoms are born out of emotional denial and they serve to maintain that denial. They are ways that we allow ourselves to live one kind of life while convincing ourselves that we have a very different kind of life. And while they serve to give us the illusion that we are in control, they are in fact clear indicators that what we have really done is to give up healthy control of our lives to something outside of ourselves.