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Melody Beattie author of Codependent No More The best book I've read yet on how to talk to your Inner Child and find what it needs. Practical, helpful, and easy.

Louise Hay author of You Can Heal Your Life Healing is making ourselves whole. Healing our Inner Child is a major part of our recovery. Lucia Capacchione is a master at gently guiding you through this process. Love yourself enough to recover from the past.

About the Author

Known for her discovery of the healing power of writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand, Lucia Capacchione is an art therapist with a Ph.D. in psychology, serves as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, and is nationally recognized for her workshops in recovery and co-dependence. Her work has been highly praised by such leaders in the health-care field as Dr. Bernie Siegel, Norman Cousins Joan Borysenko and Dr. Gerald Jampolsky. She has written six other books including The Power of Your Other Hand. The Picture of Health and The Creative Journal.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st edition (March 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671701355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671701352
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In response to other reviews here, I would agree that the emotions which can come up under the aegis of these methods might be too intense for readers with absolutely no grounding in self examination at all. People who need therapy first and foremost will not get therapy just by reading this - or any other book - and they should get a good referral and go do that. But those who are indeed ready, willing and able to undertake their own self examination will find so much that is useful and eye opening here, it seems a shame to dissuade anyone from working with this book and these methods. Therapists and their clients should welcome this as an opportunity to dive more deeply, quickly and thoroughly into the healing process. Capacchione's work is really brilliant.

I have previously worked with her Visioning book and really love that and have reviewed it as well. It can be said perhaps that just as that book shows us how to look to our future, the Inner Child work developed here shows us how to understand our past. Under careful guidance, the reader is walked through and encouraged to interact with an array of internal figures who compete to shape our reality, whether we realize it or not. The reader gets an opportunity to examine past patterns and see how this is related to conflicting internal needs for support, protection, vulnerability, self expression, survival and so on. The reader then re-directs this internal pantheon to a more harmonious, healing and supportive dynamic, allowing one to release old material and perhaps to discern with fresh eyes how such old patterns may be playing out in the present.
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This is one of the best books I've read on how to discover your inner child. It has many excercises to use to "talk" to your inner child. It showed me how to have a first hand experience with my inner child...and to actually feel the emotions. By writting and drawing with my non-dominant hand, I could actually have conversations with my inner child. I learned a lot about who my inner child was, the way she was feeling and how to make her feel happier and safer! The book stirs up many emotions that were buried for years, thus, helping me become healthier! One of the best self-help tools I have ever used!!
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This book has Art Therapy exercises and dialog exercises with your inner child (who can be playful, vulnerable, angry, etc). For instance you might be instructed to ask your inner child a question by writing it with your dominant hand. Then you answer the question with your nondominant hand (e.g. for many of us our left hand that we don't usually write with). There are also exercises that involve your internalized Parent (nuruturing, protective, critical, etc.)
The exercises seem to be a blend of Art Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Gestault Experiments. As such the exercises can be somewhat risky since they bring up intense feelings. I wouldn't use some of these except under a therapist's supervision.
However, this book seem VERY useful for adding to the tools of a practicing therapist.
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This book is well written and easy to apply. I started doing the exercises and felt a deep connection to my inner child right away. I am still on the journey but wanted to share that it works. This is after a childhood with nuclear war-like pain and abuse and 20 years of adulthood filled with self sabotage. Relief and joy are now mine and I know that the sky is truly the limit. May you experience the same.
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If you are trying to find out where to begin your search for your inner child this is a good place to start. There are a number of excercises written in plain english that you can do alone, or share with your therapist.
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This got pretty great reviews but using it with clients is difficult. As a therapist, I feel this book misses the mark. The author writes about her experiences and those of some of her clients in a narrative form which is interesting, but the only real exercise she proposes is a writing exercise using both your dominant hand ( as you now) and your non-dominant hand (as your child). She provides little insite about what to do next..... The book is not a text, not a workbook and not something a lay person ought to tackle on their own.
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While there were a number of books that have been written regarding the Inner Child concept, Cappachione’s book was not about teaching the theory solely but focused more as a self-teaching guide and activity book on the subject. A big part of the book was about the recommended activities and the examples from the author’s experience in the inner child work.

The interactive aspect of the book makes it challenging as well as exciting. There are set of activities, like a craft workshop, where specific art materials are needed such as coloring pens, paper, etc.

The interesting part of the activities is that the writer asks you to write with your non-dominant hand (if you are right handed, it is your left and vice versa) when writing down a dialogue with the inner child speaking and using your dominant hand when the parent part of the dialogue is speaking.

I have experienced transformation from my past struggles on my self-identity and this book has immensely helped in how I coped and how I live in the present. More detailed and personal insights on my blog: http://confidencecues.com/how-i-uncovered-my-inner-child-and-experienced-personal-transformation/
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