Adult Children of Divorce: How to Overcome the Legacy of Your Parents' Break-up and Enjoy Love, Trust, and Intimacy

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New Harbinger Publications, Nov 1, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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If your parents divorced when you were young, you were probably affected by the breakdown fo their marriage. Divided loyalties, secrets kept from the other parent, one life lived in two separate houses—these may have been par for the course.

With this guide, you will learn that the effects of the divorce are not permanently harmful. Find out how to forgive your parents, discover new ways to enrich your own relationships and learn that there are alternative realities available.

Divorce experts and psychologists Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., and Elizabeth S. Thayer Ph.D., show you how to recognize how your parents’ divorce influenced your life, resulting in disruptions such as relationship failures due to financial reasons, difficulties with commitment, and repeated situations that “just don’t seem to work out.” They provide techniques to help you understand and overcome these and other issues common to adult children of divorced parents. Zimmerman and Thayer focus on helping you learn how to build self-esteem, become resilient, establish healthy boundaries, communicate clearly, open up to trust, show love, believe in commitment and deal with vulnerable feelings.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Impact of Divorce
5
Recovering from Divorce Building New Relationship Skills
91
Conclusion
187
References and Suggested Readings
189
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Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., is President and Cofounder of Beacon Behavioral Services LLC (Avon, CT) and the P.E.A.C.E. Program (Parents Equally Allied to Co-Parent Effectively), which is a specialized service for high-conflict divorcing parents. He is also coauthor of The Co-Parenting Survival Guide, Letting Go of Conflict after a Difficult Divorce. Dr. Zimmerman is a member of the American Psychological Association and member, Past President, and Fellow of the Connecticut Psychological Association. He is also on the clinical faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center

Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Cofounder of Beacon Behavior Services, LLC (Avon, CT) and the P.E.A.C.E. Program (Parents Equally Allied to Co-Parent Effectively), which is a specialized service for high-conflict divorcing parents. She is also coauthor of The Co-Parenting Survival Guide, Letting Go of Conflict after a Difficult Divorce. Dr. Thayer is a member of the American Psychological Association and Connecticut Psychological Association. She also serves on the State of Connecticut Board of Examiners in Psychology.

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