When I talk of the inner child in all of us I often get funny looks. For me, the term refers to our psychological make up; the fears experienced at a young age; the part of us which feels a sense of dread when we are close to your parents; the part which beats itself up for making a mistake; the part of us which feels guilt after setting a boundary ; the part of us which is desperate for love and will suppress our true self for fear of losing it; the part which feels a deep anger when someone speaks down to, or simply ignores us. Our spontaneous side, which enjoys each experience, loves to learn and try new things. This book acts as an introduction to the child inside and provides a process to embrace and nurture the most important part of your personality. Broken into 4 stages, the books covers key developmental phases such as Toddler, Pre-school and school age , the negative experiences that might influenced the natural evolution of this phase and how to heal the subsequent wounds so they no longer impact your adult life. The book is full of tools to help connect to the child inside.
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Jun 06, Kris Irvin rated it liked it This book has some very fascinating information, if you can suspend your cynicism long enough to get into it. I greatly enjoyed reading the first half and felt like the author knew my exact situation because of the scarily accurate "diagnosis" he gave. But once I got to the exercises, I lost interest. On the one hand, the basic concept how childhood wounds escalate into adult problems is incredibly important. However, this book is a product of its time.
Among other things, Bradshaw posits that repression causes cancer, and preaches Freuds theory of psychosexual stages oral, anal, etc. Additionally, many people wont enjoy the implicit gender role stereotypes that abound in this book. However, I had mixed reactions to this book. However, a few tears did spring to my eyes while I was reading, so I have to admit it had the desired effect of helping me understand just how deep childhood wounds run.
There are lots of great points here that rang true, but also a lot of dubious content that went along with it, and I quickly figured out that the best way to read it is to skim through, get the general idea and not fuss too much over the details.
Homecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child
Or are you plagued by constant vague feelings of anxiety or depression? In this powerful book, John Bradshaw shows how we can learn to nurture that inner child, in essence offering ourselves the good parenting we needed and longed for. Through a step-by-step process of exploring the unfinished business of each developmental stage, we can break away from destructive family rules and roles and free ourselves to live responsibly in the present. Then, says Bradshaw, the healed inner child becomes a source of vitality, enabling us to find new joy and energy in living. Homecoming includes a wealth of unique case histories and interactive techniques, including questionnaires, letter-writing to the inner child, guided meditations, and affirmations. Pioneering when introduced, these classic therapies are now being validated by new discoveries in attachment research and neuroscience. No one has ever brought them to a popular audience more effectively and inspiringly than John Bradshaw.