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Characteristics of Adult Children with Alcoholic Parents (ACOA) and others raised in Dysfunctional Homes

    • I guess at what normal behavior is.
    • I have difficulty following a project through from beginning to end.
    • I lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth.
    • I judge myself harshly.
    • I have difficulty having fun.
    • I take myself very seriously.
    • I have difficulty with intimate relationships.

    • I overreact to changes over which I have no control.

    • I seek approval and affirmation.

    • I usually feel that I am different from other people.

    • I am super responsible or super irresponsible.

    • I am extremely loyal even in the face of evidence that the loyalty is undeserved.

    • I am impulsive. I tend to lock myself into a course of action without giving serious consideration to alternative behaviors or possible consequences. This impulsivity leads to confusion, self-loathing, and loss of control over my environment. In addition, I spend an excessive amount of energy cleaning up the mess that results.

    (Woititz, 1983)

    Adults from alcoholic and dysfunctional homes have the ability to be more psychic (Wright, 2007). Ring (1992) stated that paranormal/extrasensory experiences, especially Near-Death Experiences, were linked to a history of childhood trauma especially physical and sexual abuse.