This new edition of the classic and perennial bestseller, Perfect Daughters, identifies what differentiates the adult daughters of alcoholics from other women. 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 new edition contains updated information along with completely new material, including chapters on eating disorders and letters from perfect daughters in various stages of recovery. Each insightful chapter closes with helpful, life-affirming suggestions from the author.
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