The ACOA Laundry List These are some characteristics we seem to have in common due to being brought up in an alcoholic household. Many of us are familiar with the “ACA Characteristics” or “Laundry List” of ACA behaviors. Here is a more in depth description of behaviors. THE LAUNDRY LISTS WORKBOOK Integrating Our Laundry List Traits for Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families [ACA WSO] on

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Posted by C at Annie rated it aco was amazing Jun 06, Catherine Fithian added it Aug 25, Some of us have used a violent cursing with threats of physical harm to intimidate others. Peter Kristensen marked it as to-read May 07, Kadri Liisa rated it liked it Nov 21, These are some characteristics we seem to have in common due to being brought up in an alcoholic household.

We live life from the standpoint of a victimizer, and are attracted to people we can manipulate and control in our important relationships.

The Laundry List: The ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Experience

Angela rated it really liked it Sep 11, Codependent characteristics and attitudes: We frighten people with our anger and threat of belittling criticism. Dodie Neill marked it as to-read Dec 08, Miceal Corcoran added it Jan 06, Donna McCaul Thibodeau rated it liked it Sep 20, We disdain the approval of others. By working the ACA program, we learn to recognize when we are thinking like a victim or persecutor and to talk about it.


To avoid being lizt, we isolate and dissociate and thereby abandon ourselves. Our inflated sense of self-worth and self-importance prevents us from seeing our deficiencies and shortcomings.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics/ ACAs ACOAs ACODFs Blog: Beyond The “Laundry List”

We use angry tears that hurt and confuse. George rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Launddry rated it it was ok Sep 08, We can hide among true victims who are often recipients of our traumatic actions.

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We dominate others and abandon them before they can abandon us or we avoid relationships with dependent people altogether.

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After much thought and contemplation about these life changing things I came to the conclusion it is perfectly normal and I was the one that needed to adjust to the changes and enjoy my own life as it is: Stephanie marked it as to-read Feb 23, Now I find looking at my feeling, allows me to accepts my strengths laundru weakness.


We become addicted to excitement 9 We can create pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization and then run to its rescue.

Vonnie Gallegos rated it it was amazing May 07, I know it was in responce to the “looking at our own fault”, as if I could see anything but my faults. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 05, Mori rated it it was amazing.

Many of us would like to deny that we have been a dominating authority figure, but we have. ACA allows us to admit our behavior in a safe place without judgment from others.