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Old 09-06-2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default Characteristics of ACoAs

Characteristics of ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Janet Geringer Ph.D list several characteristics that are commonly shared by ACOA.

1. ACOA?s guess at what is normal
2. ACOA?s have difficulty following a project through from beginning to end.
3. ACOA?s lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth.
4. ACOA judge themselves without mercy
5. ACOA?s having difficulty having fun.
6. ACOA?s take themselves very seriously.
7. ACOA?s have difficulty with intimate relationships.
8. ACOA?s overreact to changes over which they have no control.
9. ACOA?s constantly seek approval and affirmation.
10. ACOA?s feel that they are different from other people.
11. ACOA?s are either super-responsible or super-irresponsible
12. ACOA?s are extremely loyal even in the face of evidence that the loyalty is undeserved.
13. ACOA?s are impulsive. (Lock self on course of action without give proper consideration.

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