How To Heal Your Inner Child?

Tips for getting rid of your emotional baggage.

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Among psychologists, the inner child is often conceived as a semi-independent subpersonality subordinate to the waking conscious mind. The term has therapeutic applications in counseling and health setting and became known to a broader audience through the books and educational videos of the human potential guru John Bradshaw.

Psychologist C.G. Jung (1875–1961) is often referenced as the originator of the concept in his divine child archetype. New Thought spiritual leader Emmet Fox (1886–1951) called it the “wonder child”.The concept of the inner child was further developed by husband and wife team Vivian and Arthur Janov in primal therapy, expounded in the books The Primal Scream (1970) and The Feeling Child (1973).

Emotional baggage is an everyday expression that correlates with many varied but similar concepts within social sciences, self-help movements, and other fields: its general concern is with unresolved issues of an emotional nature, often with an implication that the emotional baggage is detrimental.

As a metaphorical image, it is that of carrying all the disappointments, wrongs, and trauma of the past, especially childhood around with one in a heavy load that serves as a constraint to making the best choices.


In adult life, emotional baggage comes to the fore in most of our relationships.

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