• Adult Children

  • The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families
  • By: Linda Friel, John Friel
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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Adult Children

By: Linda Friel,John Friel
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
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Publisher's summary

It is estimated that as many as 34 million people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression, problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic one?

Countless millions of us struggle with these kinds of dysfunctions every day, and until very recently we struggled alone. Pulling together both theory and clinical practice, John and Linda Friel provide a listenable explanation of what happened to us and how we can rectify it.

©1988, 2010 John and Linda Friel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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An unbelievable book that will change your life

Where does Adult Children rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite book thus far. Any fan of Alice Miller must listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Adult Children to and why?

The body never lies - alice miller

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I identified incredibly with their stories. Their observations and thoughts allowed me to recognize many aspects of my childhood as abusive and heavily dysfunctional. I had a lot of anger and resentment for what felt like a lost childhood from absentee parents but had trouble identifying how exactly I experienced the abuse. This book allowed me to identify the abuse and gave me much needed confirmation of my feelings. Thank you

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disappointed

Would you try another book from Linda Friel and John Friel and/or Derek Perkins?

This book was not very insightful, for me at least.

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Couldn't keep my attention

How did the narrator detract from the book?

using facts more so than solutions

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Worth the listen. EXCELLENT.

very insightful and useful and even humorous book. the narrator is particularly excellent for his role.

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A very well articulated book on recovery

I had a paperback as well as the audio book. I found that very useful to "read" the book quickly 1 day and a bit, and highlight the important bits to me.

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Awesome book!....fascinating

What made the experience of listening to Adult Children the most enjoyable?

The deep in the analysis

Who was your favorite character and why?

all the histories shown matters

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

the clarity of his voice

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Adult Children?

the familiar environment

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GREAT ON EVERY LEVEL

I loved it's accesible and human way of explaining everything. Absolutely recomendable for anyone wanting to evolve.
I'll be looking forward to listening to more books by Linda and John Friel

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Easy to read for anyone

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This isn't some hokey book for saps. It's informative and brings concepts to everyday language and also metaphor. This is the first I've read on the subject, but I feel it's a very important one. Give it a try if this is something in your life.

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Amazing book!! Must read....

Really helped me understand myself and some whys about how I interact in romanic and platonic relationships.

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This book is amazing!

The information in this book is priceless. After reading it, everything about my life now makes sense, and I feel so much better!

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Not for me

I was looking for how to help my adult children and this is not the book for that. Though it gave me a better understanding of the how and why of my concerns for my adult children and the stories were nice.

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