June 2nd, 2002

Good evening.

I'm new to this group. Just thought I'd announce my presence, er something.

A little about myself: I'm a 25-year-old adult child of alcoholic parents. My childhood was not what I'd call traumatic, though in retrospect, my family life was pretty dysfunctional. There was never any kind of abuse, except possibly an odd form of emotional abuse in that part of the family system was to always maintain a pleasant, polite, happy front both inside the house and out, and this rule was respected by every member of the family. Displays of anger, in any form, where probably less frequent than the average healthy family, and physical violence was utterly non-existent. Everyone in the neighborhood thought we were the Cleavers, and hell, even we thought we were.

To this day, nothing infuriates me more than phony people. This has been true for years. I never really made the connection before I started therapy a few months ago.

I just started going to a support group for adult children this past week. I definitely plan on sticking with that. It's going to be an uphill climb, but I'm confident that it'll be worthwhile. I've been doing this LiveJournal stuff since March, and it's been very therapeutic. I thought check for an adult child community, and wouldn't you know it, I found one. Doesn't look like the group is very active, but who knows? At the very least, maybe I'll find a few contacts and make some friends.

It's good to be here.
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