The Survivor by Deborah Wollnik
Karl-Heinz's story of recognising and overcoming the hurtful effects of his dysfunctional family and reclaiming his life.

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Karl-Heinz was born into a dysfunctional family where constant conflict, misbehaviour and abuse were rife, leading members of his family into understanding that such an arrangement was normal. His father Dieter was an alcoholic, con-artist and a gangster whilst his mother Sabiena, was a destructive narcissist who had been an uninvolved, abusive and negligent parent. Sabiena had treated Karl-Heinz with contempt, had criticized, bad-mouthed and passed judgement on him throughout his life. Karl-Heinz’s older brother Klaus was “The Mastermind” manipulator who capitalized on the other family members and suffered from an anti-social personality disorder. His sister, Katinka, had taken on the role of “The Good Child” who assumed the parental role. She suffered from anorexia as well as a social phobia disorder. Karl-Heinz, a highly sensitive individual, had been “The Problem Child and Scapegoat” who was blamed for most of his family’s problems in spite of being the only emotionally honest member within their unit. He had witnessed how his family members lived in denial, were deceitful and refused to acknowledge the problems they were faced with as a family. Karl-Heinz, at the risk of losing his family, began his painful journey of recognizing and overcoming the hurtful effects of his dysfunctional family. Karl-Heinz was finally able to reclaim his life and become “The Survivor”.

About Deborah Wollnik

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Born in Southern Africa. Deborah has come across many troubled people, who were born into this world from parents who had no vision or a workable plan on raising their children. Or they were not equipped emotionally or financially to take on the responsibility of child rearing. Deborah believes children deserve to be born into an environment in which love, support, encouragement and cooperation within the family unit is strong. She believes the relationship between a child's parents is the foundation for their family unit. This regrettably has not been the case in many homes and has sadly impacted negatively on these children, who usually grow up to be unhappy adults, never fully understanding why they feel and act the way they do. They then go onto producing unhappy children, who bear the brunt of the scars left behind from their parent's pasts, and so a pattern develops which gets passed down through the generations. Deborah, being highly intuitive and sensitive to the needs of people around her was inspired to do research into various topics including family relationships, parenting and the dynamics of dysfunctional families. Deborah's interest and passion has motivated her to reach out to others through her writing and share her wisdom with her readers. Deborah has taken what she has learnt and transformed her knowledge into story form hoping her readers will find some comfort and be enlightened in some way or another. She believes she writes books that will make a difference in people's lives.
Published March 23, 2011 by Xlibris. 158 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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