The Behavioral Characteristics of an Adult Kid

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Immune to distance, geography, language, and tradition, adult children, who have been raised in dysfunctional, alcoholic, and/or abusive homes, uncannily share fourteen behavioral characteristics stitched together by fear and adopted due to the brain’s rewiring in order to foster the perception of increased safety.

Collectively named “the laundry list,” a term designated by an adult child after Tony A., cofounder of the Adult Children of Alcoholics fellowship, read them during the very first conference held in New York in 1978, “… it describes the thinking and personality of an adult reared in a dysfunctional family,” in line with the “Adult Children of Alcoholics” textbook (World provider Organization, 2006, p. 3).

“As young ones, we were impacted in human body, head, and spirit by alcoholism or other family disorder,” it states (p. xxvi). “Our bodies kept the traumatization, neglect, and rejection by means of post-traumatic stress condition (PTSD). The mind developed …