Someone who wants to learn more

by Allen Templeton
(Jefferson City, Missouri USA)

My Facebook Picture.  Allen and Grandson Alex

My Facebook Picture. Allen and Grandson Alex

I have no real knowledge about Adult/Child Psychology, and really haven't even read much of Don's material on this, but I most certainly will.

My only contribution is that in the course of my life (I'm 70) I continue to see how things that happened to me and to my 6 children in our childhoods, both positive and negative, have carried forward to adulthood. The positive ones probably don't need much analysis, but the negative ones sometimes cripple people for life. If there is a way to explore those negative experiences and somehow overcome them, what a productive use of time that could be.

To be perfectly honest, I am a skeptive by nature. I've tried many self help programs and have always been disappointed in the results, though I can't really say any of them have been a waste of time.

I do think that Don's approach at reaching more people with his considerable depth of knowledge on this and other subjects, with this technological approach is an incredible effort. As web technology becomes more and more common place with the general public more and more people can benefit from Don's information interactively without just reading or spending the money for face to face interaction.

I am retired now and hope I will be able to find more time to devote to Don's material using this approach. I still have a few handicaps from my childhood and I know my children do too. I'd sure like to see if there is a way to move us beyond those handicaps to be happier and more useful people.

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Nov 08, 2009
Welcome! :)
by: Anonymous

It's real, Allen. I've seen several behavioral theories discussed here that are in my psychology and behavioral science text books. The writing is like the author has experienced it though, that's why you connect with it and really understand it. I'm guessing they really have experienced it and/or they have a lot of experience dealing with people who have gone through it.

I'm still learning about the site myself, and am new here as well. I am really enjoying what I am reading so far though... it makes a lot more sense than long descriptions of behavior from a separatist, third person point of view.

Nov 03, 2009
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by: Don Carter

Hi Allen, Thanks for your post! It gives me the opportunity to share with others several tips on getting started in Adult/Child Recovery:

1. Find a Forum for recovery... Whether it is here online, at an Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) or Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (ACDF) meeting, a recovery group at church, or other place where people are doing the same thing that you want to do.

2. Get the Basic Text of Adult Children of Alcoholics and other Dysfunctional Families. You can find the book on this website:

3. Read the material on this website, ask questions here at the forums, share your experiences with others, give feedback and support to others, etc.

4. Consider joining my online group for an introduction to Adult/Child recovery, Inner Child Work, and working with ego-states. (Soon to be announced)

5. Read "the Iceberg" on this website ( and other recovery oriented books.

6. Attend workshops and seminars when you get a chance.

7. "Easy Does It"... take your time, give yourself room to grow, and be open to feedback & support.

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