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Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families Paperback – April 1, 1987
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Recovering from childhood trauma and rediscovering your true self.
By conservative estimates, over fifty percent of the population have experienced childhood trauma, often in toxic family systems. In some cultures that rises to seventy, eighty, even ninety percent.
When trauma occurs in childhood, the core aspect of human consciousness - our true self - goes into hiding and is, typically, replaced with an egotistical false self.
Healing the wounds of the child within requires a recovery process that takes place in a supportive and safe environment. The process may involve age regression, journaling, individual, and group therapy. It is a hero's journey that builds skills in sharing with safe people, getting to the truth and learning from our mistakes and from our pain.
In Healing the Child Within, Dr. Whitfield guides us through four steps to rediscovering your true self:
1. Learn to be 'real' by practicing being 'real' with safe others.
2. Identify your healthy human needs.
3. Grieve your ungrieved hurts, traumas and loses.
4. Work through your core recovery, relationship and life issues.
About the Author
Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D., is an expert on brain development and recovery who has been described as "one of the most influential clinical trainers in America." His many publications include the national best-seller, Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery. His recent DVD, "The Science Based Treatment of Addictive Disorders," provides a scientific basis for many of the ideas first addressed in Healing the Child Within.
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Discovering Our Child Within
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.
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I would recommend this book to about anyone. People who feel bad, who have tough times in relationships, who don't know what to do with themselves, who are work-aholics; as well as those who want to have a healthy family of their own one day.
It's really simple. We are mostly products of our environment. This book shows us aspects of ourselves, and how the environment created these aspects. It doesn't put us down, or say we are irreversibly damaged. The "Child Within" is that part of each of us that is playful and happy and infintesimaly hopeful. That part of us has been taught that it is wrong through our years, and we have lost some of our wonder and fascination with the world around us. This book helps us get back to where we were when watching a caterpillar was the coolest thing in the world.