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Recovery of Your Inner Child [Paperback]

Lucia Capacchione
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1 Mar 1991
The Inner Child lives within all of us, it's the part of us that feels emotions and is playful intuitive and creative. Usually hidden under our grown-up personas, the Inner Child holds the key to intimacy in relationships physical and emotional well-being, recovery from addictions, and the creativity and wisdom of our inner selves. "Recovery of Your Inner Child" is the only book that shows you how to have a "firsthand experience" of your Inner Child -- actually feeling its emotions and recapturing its sense of wonder -- by writing and drawing with your non-dominant hand. Expanding on the highly acclaimed technique introduced in "The Power of Your Other Hand, " here Dr. Capacchione shares scores of hands-on activities that will help you to embrace your Vulnerable Child and your Angry Child, find the Nurturing Parent within, and finally discover the Creative and Magical Child that can heal your life.

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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671701355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671701352
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melody Beattie author of "Codependent No More" The best book I've read yet on how to talk to your Inner Child and find what it needs. Practical, helpful, and easy.

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Known for her discovery of the healing power of writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand, Lucia Capacchione is an art therapist with a Ph.D. in psychology, serves as a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering, and is nationally recognized for her workshops in recovery and co-dependence. Her work has been highly praised by such leaders in the health-care field as Dr. Bernie Siegel, Norman Cousins Joan Borysenko and Dr. Gerald Jampolsky. She has written six other books including "The Power of Your Other Hand. The Picture of Health" and "The Creative Journal."

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FULL of feeling 16 Jun 2005
Lucia covers all areas of inner child aspects - the naughty child, the spiritual child, the hurt child, the playful child etc. Each chapter eases you into working with your inner child and the exercises are gentle. I have covered most of this book over the past three years and after working with the exercises, I've always been left with feelings of calmness and a sort of relief, for having released emotions in a peaceful way.
Lucia works with the inner child as a pathway to a better hold of your emotions, better understanding of your psyche and as a way to increase creativity. She does not focus on sexual abuse - this does not make her cold, but simply perhaps not 'qualified' for this sensitive area and therefore correctly doesn't counsel too much on it. Penney Parks and numerous other authors are 'qualified' and have written excellent books on healing a sexually abused inner child. As a survivor myself, I found this book the best introduction to inner child work and still refer back to it.
If you are new to this method of healing and self-improvement, if you wish to improve your life in a caring, comforting and safe way, then this is one of the best books to start with. Inner child work is so rewarding and Lucia is a wonderful guide for your journey.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly healing book 4 Feb 2001
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This book was recommended to me by a friend at a time when I was quite low. You can either read it straight through and then go back and do the exercises, or do the work as you go. For me I found it best to read straight through and then go back and do the work. At times because of the emotions that it brought up I had to put it down for a few days, deal with the emotions and then read on. I couldn't believe that here was someone writing about the stuff that I had felt for years and years.
Just reading through was healing but doing the work is an added bonus. I feel that I am so lucky to have a friend that knew of this book and had used ut successfully herself. It was the book that started me on an amazing journey of self discovery and I would recommend it to anyone.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in its field 22 Nov 2002
I bought this book purely on the strength of its reviews, and I was not disappointed!

Lucia writes in a very calming, loving way which helps you through some of the more 'challenging' exercises. This book will make you cry! It breaks through so much pent up pain, aggression, shame, fear. You learn to love your Inner Child with the utmost care and nurturance.

Also, this book helped me stop smoking! There's a section on talking to your body, as you would your Inner Child....and by having a written conversation with my throat and lungs (don't laugh - it's a brilliant exercise!) I lost the need for cigarettes, quick as that. This book can help you heal on so many levels.

This will improve your life so much, you'll wonder why you lasted so long without it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unrivaled Resource 3 Mar 2011
I've been working privately with clients for years now and this is the absolute best book for building a much stronger understanding or why we sometimes get stuck. It's my opinion that many of us live lives on the foundation of a childhood that was traumatic and run around as adult children. I resisted the idea of having an inner child for at least 10 years and struggled on with trying to make sense of a world through the eyes of what was a fairly reactive and offensive adolescent ( No offence meant to my adapted child, he was doing his best!). This book outlines a step by step program for reconnecting the pieces of yourself that may have become fragmented and I've never found anything else like it.

This program cuts right through our tendency to rationalise or justify our old behaviors and allows us to establish new ways of being. I had this book on the shelf for two years and then one day, when the muck really hit the fan, I picked it up and plowed through it. It took me two weeks and I've never looked back. I don't recommend many books as they are often just a recycling of stuff we already know, this book however is original, brilliant and top of my list for my trauma clients to read. It has a warmth and compassion that really helps, even the really rough drawings work in such a way as to let our own drawings be permissible.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Dec 2009
This book was recommended to me by a friend and when I received it I realised why. It takes me on a journey of self discovery as to why I always felt left out of my family, what was missing and the power of just the odd line or paragraph even word reduced me to tears. I was intrigued as to how this could happen so I read the book and am in the process of doing the excercises and I am feeling much more empowered already.
It has made me realise what was missing inside and I am growing in confidence, self esteem and I realise it wasn't my fault I felt the way I did throughout my life (I am a 44 year old female).
Because of the revelations I have accepted the way others were towards me and am concentrating on stopping people pleasing, stopping being co-dependent and just being me, as i am just that, me, a person, not superwoman, not super mum, just me.
This book is changing me in so many ways and it is a book I would recommend to anyone who feels there is something missing inside them (the hole in the soul) and the only way to fill it is to help yourself as i am helping myself
Good luck to everyone who buys this book it is a godsend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really back filling my knowledge on graphical ways of filling that...
this is a classic and very useful for healing one's inner child that is the basis of much modern psychotherapy, much copied by subsequent authors
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars How to approach and understand the Inner child
Brilliant book, would recomend this study book to any one learning inner child therapy. Its very helpful, simple to use and easy to understand. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and helpful book about a life changing technique
A brilliant and helpful book about a life changing technique.Written by an Amercian but sits comfortably with this Englishman anyway -I didnt find it 'too American. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another useful book.
Depends just how many of these books you investigate and which one you take to most for all of them give you options as to how to deal with inner pain and the results of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by penedawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Must practice it yourself first.
This book has great activities, that each individuals should do before practising on others. These activities can be really useful to do for individuals of any age. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was recommended this book which is as good as I had hoped.
I was recommended this book which is as good as I had hoped and I paid for fast delivery which is exactly what I got.
Published 13 months ago by KLM
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner Child Work
Any counsellor who wants to use inner child work with thier clients should consider buying this book. It is an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide to this way of working. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephen Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Everything I had been told about this book is true, fabulous, useful and fun to work through.

Was delighted to have purchased this book.
Published 18 months ago by RED Chapple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
Takes a little longer although received promptly and well within the time limit. Have started looking through the book and it has some interesting concepts.
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