Jeannie's Brave Childhood: Behavior and Healing through the Lens of Attachment and Trauma

Jeannie's Brave Childhood: Behavior and Healing through the Lens of Attachment and Trauma

by Janyne McConnaughey

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Overview

Jeannie, the resourceful and resilient child self of author Janyne McConnaughey takes center stage in this companion book to BRAVE: A personal Story of Healing Childhood Trauma. This second psychological memoir offers a literary adventure bringing insights into both child behavior and paths to healing. The author uses parts of her own story, her early-childhood expertise, storytelling ability, and the creative interweaving of her beloved childhood books to provide a lens for viewing behaviors of all children - but especially those who have suffered attachment wounding and trauma.

Jeannie's Brave Childhood will give hope to those who care for children who have experienced relational trauma and/or the deep wounds of broken attachment. The work involved in re-framing Jeannie's incorrect internalized childhood messages provides a path to healing, behavior change, forgiveness, growing faith, and rediscovering simple joys for both children and adults. The healing relationship between the author and her child self, Jeannie (a composite of several dissociated child selves), illustrates the dedication, trials, and triumphs inherent in developing the attachment relationship necessary for full healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945099120
Publisher: CLADACH Publishing
Publication date: 01/25/2019
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction / 9

PART I: MY CHILD SELVES GO TO THERAPY / 15

1. Jeannie and God Make a Plan / 13

2. Jumping Down a Rabbit Hole / 19

3. Gathering In the Kitchen / 26

4. Table Conversations / 35

5. After Dinner Therapy / 46

6. Campfire Reflections / 52

PART II: WHAT MY CHILD SELVES LEARNED / 60

7. Attachment and the “Mother” / 62

8. Trauma Needs a “Mother” / 70

9. When Survival Looks Like Resilience / 80

10. The Life Every Child Deserves / 91

11. A Tangle of Feelings and Emotions / 103

12. Of Lies and Forgetting / 114

13. The Pervasiveness of Shame / 123

14. How Secrets Silence Children / 136

15. Becoming My Own “Mother” / 142

PART III: BREATHING / 148

16. Healing and Cookies In the Kitchen / 150

17. Healing Through Live Storytelling / 158

18. Healing Through Literature / 165

19. Healing Through Play / 176

20. Healing By Reframing / 186

21. Healing To Forgive / 196

22. Epilogue: A BRAVE Tribute / 210

Addendum I: Synopsis of BRAVE / 213

Addendum II: Foreword to BRAVE / 215

Addendum III: ACE Study / 217

Addendum IV: Adoption/Foster Care / 218

Addendum V: The Story of the Boxes / 221

Acknowledgments / 231

About the Author / 233

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