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Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (Recovery Classics Edition)

Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families (Recovery Classics Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Whitfield , Cardwell Nuckols Ph.D.
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Dr. Whitfield provides a clear and effective introduction to the basic principles of recovery. This book is a modern classic, as fresh and useful today as it was more than a decade ago when first published. Here, frontline physician and therapist Charles Whitfield describes the process of wounding that the Child Within (True Self) experiences and shows how to differentiate the True Self from the false self. He also describes the core issues of recovery and more. Other writings on this topic have come and gone, while Healing the Child Within has remained a strong introduction to recognizing and healing from the painful effects of childhood trauma. Highly recommended by therapists and survivors of trauma.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (1 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN1S7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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215 of 220 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for consolidation, but has its drawbacks 24 Jun 2002
By "djw26"
In this text Dr. Whitfield does not merely restrict himself to a discussion of the devastating effects of both sexual or physical abuse. On the contrary, he recognises, that whilst different, the aftermath of both emotional and spiritual abuse can be just as damaging in the way it impedes our healthy development. This acknowledgement will be a real welcome among those of us who have suffered at the hands of emotional or spiritual abuse.
His prose is clear and not overtly technical. The case studies featured also help to illuminate the subject areas covered and enable the reader to relate to the experiences of others.
However, I do find that the areas covered in this book are limited. As the title suggests, we are dealing with the healing of the child within. Yet despite this there are no practical exercises in which the reader can engage in to enable this healing to take place.
One text which does this marvellously is 'Rescuing the Inner Child' by Penny Parks (available from Amazon). Although this was primarily intended for victims of sexual abuse, emotional and physical abuse are covered and the process of healing that is given can be adapted for such types of abuse. I have found Parks' Inner Child Therapy the best thing I have come across for healing my child within. Used in conjuntion with 'Rescuing the Inner Child' I think 'Healing the Child Within' will help consolidate the practical exercises.
Another very good book is 'Toxic Parents' by Dr.Susan Forward (Also available from Amazon) which also covers these three areas of abuse. Some practical exercises are included, but I would recommend this more for consolidation.
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
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Most books on disfunctional families assume alcoholism and/or drug abuse. There isn't much literature that addresses the problem of family disfunction recognising that symptoms/causes can manifest in other ways.
The parental conditions he lists that tend to stifle the child within are: chemical dependence; co-dependence; chronic mental illness or disabling physical illness; extreme rigidity, punitiveness, judgementalness, non-loving, perfectionism, or inadequacy; child abuse--physical, sexual, mental-emotional and/or spiritual; denial of feelings of reality.
Spiritually abused adult children, even if no physical abuse ever occurred in conjunction, tend to have experienced co-dependence (boundaries are crossed and roles are mixed up in unhealthy ways), rigidity, judgementalness, perfectionism, and denial of feelings of reality, in addition to the description he gives for mental/emotional/spiritual abuse.
He develops heirarchical list of 20 human needs, drawing from Maslov, Miller, Weil, and Glasser, and develops the concept that in order for a human being to be whole and healthy and ready to follow a truly spiritual path, these needs must first be met, in order of most basic to highest potential. Most basic, of course, survival and safety; highest potential is unconditional love (including connection with a Higher Power.)
He explains the cycle of shame and low self esteem, and maps how healthy boundaries are crossed by all in a shame based family.
He describes the role of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and it's treatment.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Book 26 May 1999
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Prior to reading this book, I didn't consider that I was an abused child. Dr. Whitfield explores all forms of abuse with the reader. I considered my family Dysfunctional, but not to the extent of abuse. I now realize that emotional abuse is as real as physical abuse and can deal with it and get on with a more emotionally healthy life. Dr. Whitfield does a marvelous job assisting the reader in discovering their pain and themselves. Thank you Dr. Whitfield, I can now stop making excuses for my parents, deal with my pain, forgive my parents, heal, and discover my child within.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 13 Jan 2008
This book, consisting of 15 chapters and roughly 145 pages, is easy to read and well written, but difficult to get through. It was not difficult in a sense of reading it, but it was difficult in an emotional sense. This book has given me great insights and shocks to which it gave me a harsh glimpse into my past. It gave me a lot to absorb.

The strategies, the tables, the stories, and the recommendations in this book are very helpful and encouraging for utilization in one's life. For one to work through the fogs of hidden shame and guilt as well other negative aspects of one's false self, I would humbly recommend this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good One 18 April 2005
This is a great book for those who are struggling with self esteem issues and need a nudge into reconnecting with their inner self. It's undaunting form gives you the chance to see how you behave in society and whether you want that to change or not. The psychology is easy to grasp with helpful case studies that helped me to relate it to my own life. My GP recommened the book and it's been the best kick start in tackling depression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Deep book dealing with childhood trauma
From someone that has personally dealt with BPD I believe this book is true and can help heal the hurtin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
good book, also I thought very valid with regards to 12 steps. Would have liked to see exercises that I could do to help me delve deeper though
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Over 3/4 of the way through book have found it helpful and insightful. Received this book very soon after ordering very impressed with service. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DMguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Charles Whitfield, along with Alice Miller, is among the very few authors and professional therapists who really does understand his subject. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mozart
3.0 out of 5 stars More a book on theory than practice
"Healing the Child Within" came recommended by a reviewer of another book on childhood abuse, "Toxic Parents" by Dr Susan Forward, which for me, not usually a reader of self-help... Read more
Published 9 months ago by GS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.
This book is very helpful apart from the fact that the author keeps referring to sharing with a 'trusted' person. Read more
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