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Book Title: Healing Your Aloneness: Finding Love and Wholeness Through Your Inner Child|
The author of the book: Erika J. Chopich
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Reader ratings: 5.3
Date of issue: October 23rd 2012
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Much of what this book had to say was credible and helpful. This book gives the reader a way of looking at pain or unhappiness and a technique through which to cope. Using an Inner Child/Inner Adult dichotomy seems appropriate, with the Inner Child expressing emotions and having the potential for great joy, with the Inner Adult being the critical, responsible part of the self who can ignore, reject, scold, or abuse the Inner Child just as an adult might to a real child. The authors suggest that only through being a loving Inner Adult can the Inner Child express itself in a healthy way, and communication and connection between the two leads to harmony with the self and with others. Additionally, the point is made that the Inner Adult might mimic behaviors that the person's real parent practiced when raising their children. If you've ever heard your mother's or father's voice in your head in reaction to something that you did or said, this book might ring true for you.
Distilled into a more universal message, this book is about loving yourself and practicing compassion (to yourself and others) to achieve balance, which is not much different than what other self-help or meditation books suggest. Healing Your Aloneness, however, takes a more specific approach, giving voice to that part of yourself that never achieved closure, that you shame into silence, or that you put off because you "don't have time." Maybe you never let yourself have fun, maybe you carry around baggage, maybe you do things to please others that you don't want to do--if so, the authors say, your Inner Child isn't being nurtured and your Inner Adult isn't being a loving "parent." Whether or not you have/had loving parents, the authors say, it is important to, first of all, be a good "parent" to yourself and not seek out others to provide something that you need unless you can be open through work with the Inner Child. ("Mothering" is one example of an emotional need that can be filled by someone else if the person reaching out is in an "open" state--he or she really wants to share rather than only take something.)
Sometimes it was confusing to read about the two supposed sides of a person's self (especially in the suggested dialogues . . . no matter what pronoun you choose--I, you, we--you end up sounding like you have multiple personalities, which is not quite what is being suggested). And, while some real-life examples were interesting and relevant, the dialogues people had with themselves that went on for pages seemed to repeat similar "reactions" from both Inner Children and Inner Adults of the patients in question.
Though it was less emphasized, the hippy-dippy ideas that an inharmonious Inner Child/Adult leads to illness, or that war and global discord results from too many people not being in touch with their Inner Children were a turnoff.
Overall, however, the useful information outweighed the parts that were not so helpful.
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