Memories of unresolved feelings from childhood are carried into our adult life and often become buried in the subconscious. Read More
I have been interested in this inner child stuff for a few years now. I have friends who did 12 step programs and the inner child work was a powerful part of the experience. I have also had the practice recommended to me and I believe that if I could just figure out what the heck it even means, it would be useful to me. Unfortunately I just can't seem to wrap my mind around what you are supposed to be doing. How do you find the inner child? How do you talk to her? How do you "build a relationship" with her? Maybe I'm just not allowing enough flexibility and creativity in my thinking... I feel certain that I have a hurt inner child, but I don't know where to go to find her. :/
My thoughts exactly. It's lovely to hear about and to think of trying, but how, exactly, does one go about doing it? I could Google it, but who can tell the validity and quality of some random page on the internet? Can you (the author) recommend something?
I have seen great results when working with the inner child. There are lots of books but I suggest to read "Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child" by John Bradshaw.
I've just started on this journey. I was unsure to start with but just put my pen in my hand and wrote to my inner child. I then used a pencil using my left hand and just wrote what popped into my head. Don't think about anything too much, just go with the flow. It's an incredible thing to do and I am finding it very powerful. Just try it is my advice. Xxx
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Susanne Babbel, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychologist specializing in trauma and depression.
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