DEFINITION OF AN ADULT CHILD:
What exactly is an adult child? Is he a miniaturized adult who somehow never crossed the border from childhood? Was his maturity and development somehow stunted? Does he behave differently? What could have caused all of this to begin with?
“The term ‘adult child’ is used to describe 성인용품 who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect,” according to the “Adult Children of Alcoholics” textbook (World Service Organization, 2006, p. xiii).
“(It) means that we respond to adult interactions with the fear and self-doubt learned as children,” it continues (p. 3). “The undercurrent of hidden fear can sabotage our choices and relationships. We can appear outwardly confident while living with a constant question of our worth.”
CAUSES OF THE ADULT CHILD SYNDROME:
Numerous early-life circumstances, combining in complicated ways, produce the adult child syndrome.
Adult children chronologically age, for instance, but their emotional, psychological and neurological development is arrested.