Why is it so hard for an ACoA (Adult Child) to feel feelings? What is the path towards awakening those feelings in the body and moving towards direct communication, understanding personal needs and then expressing them to others? In this article, NY Therapist Heather Coleman discusses emotional intelligence coming from a dysfunctional family system.
NYC Therapist Heather: “There is nothing normal about growing up in an alcoholic household. Sometimes we were expected to do things that are far beyond what children should be expected to do. So ACOAs often had to grow up way too quickly and become ‘adult-like’ long before their parents who often act like children or they can be “child-like” well into adulthood.”