Inner Child Work
The term “inner child” refers to the spontaneous, authentic child you once were. This natural or wonder child is present when you meet an old friend, when you belly laugh, when you’re creative and spontaneous, when you are awed by a wondrous sight.
The adapted or wounded child is present when you are afraid to take reasonable risks. Wounded-child behaviors include throwing temper tantrums, being overly polite and obedient, speaking in a childish voice, manipulating, and pouting.
When, as grown-ups, we keep our wounded inner child in hiding, that wounded child’s backlogged (repressed) emotions contaminate our daily lives with temper tantrums, overreactions, marital problems, addictions, toxic parenting, and painful, damaging relationships.
-Paraphrased Homecoming from John Bradshaw