How to Heal Your Inner Child
Overcome Past Trauma and Childhood Emotional Neglect
by Simon Chapple
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Pub Date 09 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 13 Feb 2023
Nicholas Brealey US, Sheldon Press
'A masterclass in understanding' ANNIE GRACE, author of This Naked Mind
Ten questions to ask yourself, right now:
* Do you have a sense that something is wrong, but you don't know what it is?
* Do you have a feeling that you are hollow inside, that you are empty or have a void within?
* Do you react badly to rejection?
* Do you often feel sad, unhappy or down for no obvious reason?
* Would you describe yourself as highly sensitive?
* Do you have problems with relationships and intimacy?
* Do you engage in addictive behaviour - alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, food, sex, work, exercise?
* Do you have low self-esteem or self-worth - are you not 'good enough'?
* Do you have a sense of being numb to your feelings?
* Do you rarely experience true joy and happiness?
If you have answered 'yes' to most of these questions, there is a strong chance you have experienced emotional neglect or trauma as a child. An emotionally neglected child may struggle to form strong and secure attachments as an adult. They may feel hollow or empty, worthless (or overly important), judge themselves harshly and struggle with addictive tendencies - drinking, eating or exercising too much, for example. If this describes you, Heal Your Inner Child will change your life and give you back the love, compassion and authenticity you needed as a child, and deserve as an adult.
Fomer heavy drinker turned sobriety coach Simon Chapple is - like you - a survivor of childhood trauma. His unique brand of straight-talking, practical yet reflective and relatable advice has helped thousands of people quit drinking, and he can help you now to move on from childhood emotional neglect to a place of happiness free from past trauma. How to Heal Your Inner Child is a stepped and safe approach to confronting your past, with space for reflective and supportive strategies that will help you to foster self-compassion and break free from the destructive behaviours that have blighted your life. Clinically endorsed and verified by a psychotherapist, this deeply personal, unflinchingly honest exploration is designed to unlock your own epiphany and support you as you journey to a happier, less troubled and more authentic self.
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How to Heal Your Inner Child is a stepped and safe approach to confronting your past, with space for reflective and supportive strategies that will help you to foster self-compassion and break free from the destructive behaviours that have blighted your life. A great informative read!
Excellent read for anyone who endured trauma in their childhood and wants to begin working through it. The tone is conversational and easy to digest without being overly technical. The author explains things in a way that makes sense. If you’re willing to put in the work or even just considering addressing your trauma this is a great read. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.
Although this is a difficult book to read, focusing as it does on dealing with childhood trauma, it's an essential one for anyone who had a hard time growing up and wants to heal from the past. Written in a very conversational tone, it is practical and contains a number of exercises designed to help you do the tough inner work to make peace with your past.
Expect lots of tears reading it, but to feel so much better once you're done.
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without obligation.
This book has great insights. I think it speaks to a lot of the population and will be helpful to understand and hopefully heal. I actually purchased a copy after receiving this ARC so I could do further work with it.
Described as "How to Heal Your Inner Child is a stepped and safe approach to confronting your past, with space for reflective and supportive strategies that will help you to foster self-compassion and break free from the destructive behaviours that have blighted your life.", and I have to say that it definitely does exactly that. This book is broken down into twenty six chapters (the stepped approach listed above) in a gentle guided way of walking someone down the path of healing, from the very beginning stages through the end stages, but even with the thought process that this is a continual journey that you may return to, time to time. This book is fantastic for someone who is just learning to identify their emotional responses to situations that they are looking for clarity on why they are acting the way they are acting, or reacting. For someone who has been down this particular journey, there are still nuggets of information that can be enlightening, so I still recommend taking the time to read it, especially for the journaling aspects of having you slow down and really taking the time to think about, reflecting, and maybe even identifying things that you might not have really given any thought about before. Normally I speed read through a book, but this one had me pausing to absorb what I just read, and letting the information just soak in, before I moved on. I think a lot of people would really find this as a helpful tool in their toolbox, in their path towards healing.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my own opinion*
This was a fantastic read. I loved the authors perspective on the emotionally immature parent. It helped me to bring blame off of my parent for their actions.
A useful resource, with various techniques for healing your inner child through different strategies. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a book that will be SO useful for so many people, I only hope it finds its way to its target audience. Given that the target audience is those of us who have had some trauma caused by some questionable parenting, it is likely most of us!!
Simon is careful not to blame our parents for any trauma we might have suffered, often reminding that our parents tend to parent the way they were parented, and this book hopefully will break the mould, and any parents of young children reading this will hopefully benefit from breaking this cycle.
`This book is both practical, with activities suggested to work through, once you have identified any specific issues you might have, and also an interesting read with some great anecdotal stuff to capture interest!
Overall, this is a book I would highly recommend.
My thanks to Netgalley, author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an advance copy.
How to Heal Your Inner Child by Simon Chapple
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey US / Sheldon Press
Release Date: December 9, 2021
Nonfiction (Adult), Self-Help, Childhood Emotional Neglect, Trauma
When I started this book, I was hoping to find tips to help me deal with past traumas. I was not disappointed. I learned so much from this book. The author begins by. Describing and defining childhood emotional neglect and trauma. I liked how he described your inner child being stuck at the age of a particular trauma and how to reach/heal each incident.
This book is not an easy read if you have been traumatized but understand that to heal you must first identify what happened to you. I have been working with a coach for the past several months and refer to this book often. I now know how broken I was from my childhood, but I know that I am healing and will be whole.