Bradshaw, John

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Bradshaw, John Gender: M
John Elliot Bradshaw
born on 29 June 1933 at 03:05 (= 03:05 AM )
Place Houston, Texas, 29n46, 95w22
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 07°09' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°32 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 02°24'


American therapist, philosopher and author on methods of healing the inner child and dealing with addictions. He was ten when his alcoholic dad left; Bradshaw was raised by his mom and step-dad, both unresolved incest victims. By the time he graduated from high school, he was valedictorian and a raging alcoholic. Filled with anger, he had been drinking from the time he was 13.

Bradshaw sought stability in the Catholic priesthood. He became a novitiate in 1955 and remained that way until he left in 1964. He joined AA, but turned from booze to drugs and was at a life low point when he surrendered in mid-December, 1965. He soon after began to work actively with AA, lecture, do management consulting and teach school.

Bradshaw became the host of a talk show that led to fame with the PBS series, "Bradshaw on the Family." He was married from 1969-1989; he and his wife had one child, plus two of hers from a prior marriage. By 1995, he had five best-seller books and had been a lecturer for 30 years on the family. According to Bradshaw, 95% of all families are dysfunctional. Some therapists consider that he puts too much emphasis on childhood woes and too little on adult responsibility, adding to the victim-cult.

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  • Mental Health : Begin Addiction 1947 (Drinking by 13)
  • Social : Joined group 1955 (Catholic priesthood)
  • Social : Left group 1964 (Catholic priesthood)
  • Mental Health : End Addiction December 1965 (Low point, began recovery)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1969 (One kid)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate [1].

Same data from Curtis Lee Mickunas who quotes Bradshaw's book, "Homecoming," from the chapter, "Story of a Wounded Elf." Donna Cunningham confirms the date and place from his sister.


  • Traits : Personality : Personality vulnerable (Sensitive; wounded)
  • Traits : Personality : Temper (Deep anger)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Alcohol and incest)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Two step kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Self-employed (Management consulting: therapist)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : 12 step group (AA program)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Rejection/ Leave church (Left R.C. priesthood)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lecturer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Talk show host)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (PBS series on The Family)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Counselor/ Therapist (Addiction manager)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Catholic cleric nine years)
  • Vocation : Writers : How To .... (Five self-help books)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Well known in New Age field)