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  • Writer's pictureAti Egas

Who Is Your Inner Child?

In therapy we use the term Inner Child to identify a non-tangible and almost metaphorical part of a person’s psyche. During childhood many formative behaviors, thoughts, and complexes are developed, and many also carried forward into adulthood.

The famous Inner Child term is generally used to refer to the parts of you that are resentful at your parents, or felt sad and lonely while neglected or bullied, and may still throw “tantrums” today. The Inner Child can sometimes even resist becoming an adult. The “Peter Pan syndrome” is the term used for those who uphold this child inside of them even while their physiology is that of an adult.

During a Step Into Your Power workshop I led this past weekend, the group identified moments in their childhood where the joy, freedom, laughter, and sense of adventure was stifled. Sometimes parents’ divorce, a caregiver’s passing, or migration can affect a child’s sense of stability, safety and trust. Nonetheless, it is imperative that we also look at the clues this Inner Child holds towards our life’s purpose.

This Inner Child has been mastering gifts since birth and when nobody is looking this child can be playful, creative, funny, and free. This is what most of the group discovered during the guided age regression I provided during the Step Into Your Power workshop. Sometimes we need a little help to access the Inner Child, that is all.

I invite you to not only look at the trauma and the pain that curtailed your childhood, but at the beautiful clues your Inner Child holds towards your purpose.

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