Archive for Family of Origin

When Our Brothers and Sisters Grow Up Addicts: The Sibling Project

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We want to break the family inheritance chain: our parents were narcissists, alcoholics, or emotionally abusive and we want the problems connected to that to Stop. With. Us.  We live our lives alongside the mantra. ‘Not going to marry an addict’ or ‘Not going to become an addict.’ No one wants to repeat mistakes, particularly [...]

How Well Do You Handle Criticism? (In Three Acts)

Oh yeah?

Do you want to squirt lemon juice in the eyes of anyone who DARES to criticize you? To pound their desk with your fist and shout, Who do you think you are?! You don’t KNOW me, what I’ve seen, or where I come from! Do suggestions, tips, and advice feel like hostile criticisms to you? [...]

A Story of Surviving Chaos – Dawn Clancy on Growing up Chaotic

When you know what it’s like to grow up within chaos, you are someone who knows what it’s like to be in that that unique, highly-attuned, nerve-wracking environment. Blogger and chaos-survival activist Dawn Clancy, who writes the Growing Up Chaotic site and blog and Blog Talk Radio Show, describes such origins so very well. Her [...]

TheFix.com Featured my Post “They Did the Best They Could”

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I’ve received a lot of comments on my post about the phrase ‘They did the best they could,” and recovery site TheFix.com just picked it up on their site – very exciting! Here’s the piece: On the phrase: They Did The Best They Could. Have you watched my video about my let’s-make-it-a-book for The Kind [...]

How Did Your Dad’s Marijuana Use Affect Your Childhood?

Stefan, Andreas, and me

That was his question, Stefan Åsberg, correspondent for SVT. This past weekend I participated in the filming of a segment about marijuana use in the U.S. for Swedish television (the segment will air in August). How did they find me? I received an email from Alexa at SVT.se who had seen my blog and wanted [...]