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Healing the Child Within

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Tremendous help to me!

    Until a close friend pointed this out to me, I never realized how empty I felt about my life and how bitter I have become toward the world. I noticed that there was defensiveness in everything I did and was spitting out sarcastic, critical, and sometimes even very angry and hurtful remarks at people left, right, and center. Then I realized. Where did it all go? The moments when I truly felt how beautiful some things, music, and people are. The trust and care I had for other people. The utter appreciation of life that I felt when I was little. Where did it all go? 'Healing the Child within' was a book that helped me figure this out. I looked back at my life, my history, and my childhood and realized that although I was never abused and never had any serious trauma, life keeps chipping away at us from a very early age. As this happens, our hearts begin to close little by little. It even learns to attack in order to protect itself from potential danger. Even though I still have lots of psychological work to do, I have been learning to open my heart again. It is scary but I can assure you that it is worthwhile. I started with this book and I think it is a great place to start. It is highly recommended. I now have another fantastic book I really like regarding this topic. It is called the 'Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It explains all of these things in a more simple way and places this process in the larger context of human development and evolution. It is absolutely awesome! I would highly recommend this one by Sato as well.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003


    This is a very good book with many important insights. It explains how our experiences in our life (especially childhood) shape who we are today. It explains the basic ideas of object relations and attachment theory in a way that everyone can understand. I really recommend this book to anyone ready to change their ways. It will help get rid of some of your psychological baggage from the past that you didn't even know existed. If you want a book that is less technical and dry but explains these things very well, read 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. Its also very easy to read and exceptionally well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    an "oldie" but "goodie" regarding codependency and childhood trauma/abuse

    one of the best books ever written, in my humble opinion, about the codependent tendencies of adult children of alcoholics, drug addicts, abusive parents, etc.-- used in training supportive psycotherapists in my younger professional days-- is as relevant and true today as in the 1980s, I refer to it for my own personal use and recommend it to anyone who inquires of this area of treatment-- compassionate and factual, easy-to-use-- keep it in stock at my house for suitable gift-giving-- BIGGEST VISUAL ASSET: table outlining emotionally healthy behavioral markers, codependent markers, and signs of progress from one (ususally unhealthy to improvement) to the other- a person can chart his/her journey and know the therapy is working, even in small ways-- very important this not be obscure or mysterious!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    You Must Read!

    Very helpful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    You don't have to be crazy to need this book

    This book shows how emotional child abuse can lead to adult depression and anxiety- and teaches adults how to overcome their childhood trauma so that they can fully enjoy their lives. It's an excellent book, and one that would be helpful even to those who don't consider themselves 'mental'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    This really helped!

    I have been in therapy for two years because I came from a dysfunctional family. I read this after one year of counseling and it was a tremendous help to me. I even gave it to my therapist to read. He said it helped him to help me. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through any kind of abuse. Also, purchase A Gift to Myself. It will prove to be a wonderful adjunct to Healing the Child Within. It's important to recover your true self. Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    Eye Opening Instruction

    Having to deal with healing the Child Within myself, I found this book to be real inspiration. You have to read it twice. Once to begin to understand who the Child Within is and why he/she is so important. The second time to begin to apply the steps to you life. Although it mentions alcoholism and drugs, this therapy applies to every child who never had his/her needs met. It truely opens a door to a whole new life and the choice is the reader's as to whether they enter. For me the rewards are beyond description.

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