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The cry we hear from deep in our hearts, says Thich Nhat Hanh , comes from the wounded child within. Healing this inner child’s pain will transform negative emotions. Drawing by Tighe Moore, age 7 In each of us, there is a young, suffering child. We have all had times of difficulty as children and many of us have experienced trauma.
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We’re surrounded by people. Life wouldn’t be life without relationships. They make our lives happy and miserable and all between. What if there was a simple way to increase our understanding, empathy, and patience? One way of being more understanding of people, generally, as well as being more content in our relationships is to imagine and see the child within every person we meet and relate with—yes, including ourselves. Each and every person we encounter is subject to the same challenge: we find ourselves emotional, and therefore back in our child states, in a flash.
This unified model of addiction, codependency, and childhood abandonment issues I call The "Iceberg" has evolved over the past 20 years. I use it to explain & explore abstract concepts such as... Abandonment, shame, & contempt The development of the "False-Self" The recovery of the "True-Self" It helps if you take it as a general model...as you read stay focused on your own childhood, looking for the similarities and ignore the differences. [Next] by Don Carter
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.” ~T.H. Huxley Was your childhood tragic enough to murder your inner child? Unfortunately, as an adult survivor, you may have blocked bad memories enough to deny your inner child their opportunity to thrive.
Destructive behavior takes various forms: from subtle self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns to passive hostility to severe self-destructive symptoms, violent aggression and, sometimes, evil deeds . Commonly, destructive behavior in adults bears the impetuous, impulsive quality of childish petulance or narcissistic temper tantrums. Or an infantile neediness, dependency, and dread of abandonment. Or an irresponsibility and angry refusal to be an adult: the "Peter Pan syndrome," or what Jungians refer to as a or . The archetypal Jungian notion of the (male) or (female) --the eternal child--provides the basis for what has come in pop psychology and self-help movements (see, for example, the writings of Dr. Eric Berne , Dr.
Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung formally introduced his theory of typology to the world in the classic text (1921). People are sometimes surprised to learn that Jung's book is the basis for the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the less well known Gray-Wheelwright Test and Singer-Loomis Type Deployment Inventory (SL-TDI). While these Jungian systems of type testing can be interesting--formulating complex permutations of introversion , extraversion, feeling, thinking, sensation, intuition , judging and perceiving--as a psychotherapist, I have always found Jung's primary notions of and to be the most clinically useful.
What is Primal work? Primal is a therapeutic method, a way to work on oneself. In Primal, we go back to the past, particularly the first seven years of life, bringing clarity to the conditioning we received and light to shine on old wounds carried from that time. In ancient times, the Indian mystic Patanjali developed meditations and techniques to relive the past in order to clean the mind and reclaim the space of Being. In modern times, about 40 years ago, Arthur Janov, an American therapist, developed Primal Therapy to revisit our early years and heal neurosis created at that time. In the past few years, new concepts and techniques have come into existence, such as the Bradshaw Inner Child work and Co-Dependency.
"Common wisdom" has long linked childhood traumas such as physical and sexual abuse to psychopathology later in life. Now, an ongoing longitudinal study called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is providing strong evidence to back up that notion. Based on its results, researchers have added childhood abuse as a factor of interest in other studies, such as the Army’s ambitious suicide research program, the Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (STARRS) project. ACE research results have also provided a foundation for researchers to examine how childhood abuse can cause physical changes to the brain and its development, putting the abused at greater risk for depression, addiction, and suicide in adulthood. More than a decade's study
Content The "inner child" is the... How did the "inner child" get there? What is the unfinished business of the "inner child"?