Inner Child Definition

Inner Child: The child you once were is known as your "inner child". The idea is that your inner child reminds you of the decisions you made as a child and therefore is continually influencing your attitude and personality. A major focus for those interested in changing the impact of the dysfunctional family is on the healing of the inner child. It is a concept used in psychology to denote a condition that can be linked back to a childhood experience, physical or emotional.

The concept of an inner child originates from the pop psychology book I'm OK, You're OK by Thomas Anthony Harris, and is based on the ideas of Eric Berne. It is said "in order to be fully human, the Child Within must be embraced and expressed". This is the idea of the inner child being released and in a way being set free by reflecting fully on the past life experience in which causes the inner child feeling.

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