By John C. Friel Ph.D., Linda D. Friel M.A.
It truly is predicted that as many as 34 million humans grew up in alcoholic houses. yet what in regards to 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 can produce a relations approach very like an alcoholic one? numerous thousands people fight with these types of dysfunctions on a daily basis, and until eventually very lately we struggled on my own. Pulling jointly either conception and scientific perform, John and Linda Friel offer a readable rationalization of what occurred to us and the way we will be able to rectify it.
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Title. II. Title: Dysfunctional families. 2'9287-25037 ISBN 0-932194-53-2 © 1988 John and Linda Friel ISBN 0-932194-53-2 All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the publisher. Published by Health Communications, Inc. And especially to our children, Kristin, Rebecca and David that their lives may be full and warm and true.
This definition, of course, would leave out the broader uses of the term as in work addiction, love addiction, television addiction, etc. We would prefer to use "addiction" more broadly defined because that is the way that it is being used quite often now. We suspect that the distinction between an addiction and an unhealthy dependency may simply be one of degree anyway. Compulsion A compulsion is something we do that we do not feel we are able to control or stop, but gives us the illusion of being in control.
Frank's mother was the perfect surgeon's wife in those days beautiful, poised, charming and a pillar of the community in her own right. Although they had a housekeeper, his mother did not idle her days away. She ran Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, belonged to the hospital auxiliary, and both she and her husband belonged to a study group at their church. They were a successful, devout and highly visible family in the community, and Frank was proud to be a part of it. He knew that his success was in keeping with the family tradition of excellence.