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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.
This book is truly amazing. I read the reviews here prior to purchasing, and made the buy with confidence. I can say the book well exceeded my expectations. Read morePublished 2 days ago by A.
This book talks about a lot of the types of trauma a child can be exposed to and gives a lot of detail about how to help the child that is damaged inside from it.Published 20 days ago by Gary Wiley
Until you read this book, you will be more understanding, loving, kind, and compassionate to yourself.Published 1 month ago by Ma
This book creates clarity from confusion, gives insight into hidden motives and fears, and clarifies emotions. I am very glad I read it.Published 2 months ago by katiecowgirl
this is a great read to help heal scars of a difficult childhood. this is very beneficial and certainly gives a good perspective on how to heal the scars of the past.Published 3 months ago by Yasmin Fabray
I read this book over 20 years ago. It changed my life. I still remember specific quotes from Dr. Whitfield. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynn Wilson
This is amongst the most useful therapy one can access once you get back into communication with the child within. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John S. Pieri
That book is one of the most helpful books I've ever read regarding how our past, childhood hurts, develop a "false self" that directs our addictions, distractions,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by dale v huff