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The concept of the Child Within has been a part of our world culture for at least two thousand years. Carl Jung called it the 'Divine Child' and Emmet Fox called it the 'Wonder Child.' Psychotherapists Alice Miller and Donald Winnicott refer to it as the 'true self.' Many in the field of alcoholism and other chemical dependence call it the 'inner child.'
The Child Within refers to that part of each of us which is ultimately alive, energetic, creative and fulfilled; it is our Real Self―who we truly are.
With our parents' unknowing help and society's assistance, most of us deny our Inner Child. When this Child Within is not nurtured or allowed freedom of expression, a false or co-dependent self emerges. We begin to live our lives from a victim stance, and experience difficulties in resolving emotional traumas. The gradual accumulation of unfinished mental and emotional business can lead to chronic anxiety, fear, confusion, emptiness and unhappiness.
Denial of the Child Within and the subsequent emergence of a false self or negative ego are particularly common among children and adults who grew up in troubled families, such as those where chronic physical or mental illness, rigidity, coldness or lack of nurturing were common.
Yet, there is a way out. There is a way to discover and to heal our Child Within and to break free of the bondage and suffering from relying on our false self. That is what this book is about.
©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Healing the Child Within by Charles L. Whitfield. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.
In all honesty, I have just started reading this. I recently went to my first therapy session and this was recommended to me. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mrs. Simmons
I am one of those who had a very hard time accepting the idea of an inner child. It has take almost 2 years of therapy to understand this is both true and healing to accept. Read morePublished 1 month ago by william j. hoolihan III
I read this book 30+ years ago. It is still timely and has been updated but is an excellent resource in taking full responsibility for our own happiness.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the book. My psychologist recommended it. Long story short, nothing really special was added to my life for reading it, but it does give you a wider perspective on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Hernandez
The book was good for me cause it makes one think of the obstacles that some have gone through. Also, what others have to accomplish and how to go about that.Published 2 months ago by james t sparrow