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Inner Child

What is the inner-child?

The term inner-child is used by many healers to describe the part of our identities which are innocent, wounded, or underdeveloped.

Our inner-child may still be seeking the love, affection, or validation that we may have been denied when we were actual children. That part of us remains underdeveloped and mired in counterproductive coping mechanisms as it seeks an external parental figure in the form of relationships with partners who reflect aspects of our relationship with our parents.

The inner-child may still harbor residual fear or sadness from childhood traumas or neglected needs and it is often the part of us which suffers at the hands of our own inner-critic, which is frequently the internalized voice of an authority figure from our childhood.

Healing the Inner-Child

Reparenting is an avenue for healing the inner-child’s wounding, which involves becoming for yourself the parent that you needed when you were younger. This requires a great deal of self-awareness and self-compassion.

Many healers do inner-child work, but as with any type of childhood trauma, a trained professional familiar with trauma and trauma treatment is ideal, though a spiritual healer can be trained in trauma-informed care.

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