Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families Paperback – 28 Jan 1991
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About the Author
Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D., is an expert on brain development and recovery who has been described as "one of the most influential clinical trainers in America." His many publications include the national best-seller, Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery. His recent DVD, "The Science Based Treatment of Addictive Disorders," provides a scientific basis for many of the ideas first addressed in Healing the Child Within.
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The title "Healing the Child Within" suggested that this would be an alternative self-help book full of practical advice for dealing with consequences of childhood abuse. It isn't, being more of a book on the theory that underlies therapy practice.
Personally, I find the central theory of the "child within" being suppressed by the "false self" far too generalised and not that helpful - especially when it is being supported by other academic theories (e.g. Maslow's hierarchy of needs) that tend to be taken as gospel, but that deserve themselves to be re-examined and challenged.
On the positive side, the book acknowledges various forms of abuse, physical and psychological, and evidences the damage they cause, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - and this acknowledgement is in itself extremely valuable. It's also helpful in making comparisons between adult and childhood traumas of varying severity, and addressing the co-dependence of addiction - identifying compulsive behaviours including overeating and workaholism as addictions (hence its heavy focus on alcoholism).
If you already acknowledge the problem and the damage, however, and are searching for solutions, this might not be the right book. Rather than regression into a childlike state, adult survivors of abuse need the means to deal with the damage and to function as adults - and for that I couldn't recommend Dr Forward's book highly enough.
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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