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Taming Your Turbulent Past

Taming Your Turbulent Past

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Published by: ThomasKrammer on Feb 05, 2010
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Introduction
Epigraph
Man is a multiple amphibian who lives in about twenty different worlds at once. If anything is to be done to improve his enjoyment of life, to improve the way he canrealize his desirable potentialities, to improve his health, to improve the quality of his relations with other people, to improve his morality, we have to attack on allfronts at once. And the greatest, and what may be called the original sin of the human mind issloth, it's over-simplification. We want to think that there is only one cause forevery given phenomenon, therefore there is only one cure--there is not! This is thetrouble: no phenomenon on the human level, which is a level of immensecomplexity, can ever have a single cause-- we must always take at least a half adozen conspiring factors into consideration . . .-- Aldous Huxley, 1960
The Essence of This Book 
Taming Your Turbulent Past is a guidebook for adult children of alcoholics, grownmen and women whose lives have been indelibly marked by parental alcoholismand co-dependency.Its purpose is to help you heal the old wounds from your childhood in order torestore your full capacity for loving and living and enjoying life as an adult.Many adult children have experienced great anguish. The anguish of indirectionand indecision, the anguish of feeling "lonely and afraid, in a world we nevermade." The anguish of feeling like an absurd little child trapped in an ungainly  body and clothed and made up like an adult -- but always wondering, "What will I be when I really grow up." Or: "Is this all that life offers?"There are other anxieties and a nameless uneasiness, a vague sense of doom aspalpable as the far-off rumble of thunder before a storm.Mary, a 33 year-old adult child who works as a loan officer, describes a feelingknown to many other adult children. "It's like I'm always waiting for something
 
dreadful to happen, that I've done something wrong, that I've made a terriblemistake and the roof's going to fall in. I feel like I'm on hold, waiting. Waiting forthe school principal to punish me, waiting for the boss to find a mistake in my  work. Waiting, always waiting." And like countless other adult children, Mary wonders, "Is there a purpose to my life? Where am I going? What's it all mean? Will I ever find the serenity that otherpeople talk about?" What is the meaning of this life? This is the anguish, the agony of the adult child.This book is for you if you've grappled with these feelings, these questions.This book is for you if your life often seems futile or utterly meaningless.This book is for you if your life is a mechanical repetition of loneliness, hurt, guilt,fear, confusion, and conflict.My aim is to offer strategies for self-change that can help you, an adult child of analcoholic, free yourself from the turbulence of your childhood so that your can better cope with the challenges of today. By taming your past, you can finally experience the full joys of adult living and loving and sharing.Is this a promise for a magic method of finding a permanent state of bliss. A quick cure for life-long conflict?Sorry.No miraculous key to total happiness exists. There is no effortless self-help guideto inner harmony in thirty days, guaranteed, without tears.But I do believe the strategies and exercises in this book can help ease the burdenof your anguish by giving you a far more extensive understanding of therelationship you had with your alcoholic family during your childhood andadolescence, and how that relationship is still affecting your day-to-day life.This new understanding, in and of itself, is not enough to help you master thepowerful and complex emotions that may be preventing you from creating anadult life that is as productive, fulfilling and loving as you desire.Understanding, awareness and insight are important first steps in the process of personal growth. But they are just that: First steps.

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