While I search for counseling services in Toronto I found some very insightful resources on YouTube like Dr. Carl Benedict aka Counselor Carl. He explains reparenting so simply and clearly that even my wounded inner child could understand! Here’s an excerpt:
You don’t have a split personality. You have an Adult and a Wounded Child…
… the Adult is a metaphor for the part of the brain that is rational, lives in the present moment, and sees things as they are, right here, right now, while the Wounded Child is a metaphor for the part of the brain that contains unhealed emotional wounds and traumas, usually from childhood…
… Unhealed childhood wounds can fester in the background until a stimulus in the present moment “brushes up against them,” releasing a flood of repressed emotional pain that can instantly turn your rational Adult into an intensely emotional and irrational Wounded Child.
Read more here: Reparenting the Wounded Child
I also discovered a new film that perfectly represented examples of the happy inner child as well as the wounded inner child!
The superhero action film, Shazam!, is about teenager Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) and battles Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) who wants his powers. This highly entertaining movie is brimming with funny moments, action scenes and engaging, heartfelt child characters played by Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen and Jovan Armand.
See: movie trailer
Watch now: Amazon Prime
The real bonus is this story features an example of a wounded child in young Thaddeus Sivana and the emotional abuse he faced with his father and older brother. It shows how this resulted in a tortured life when he became an adult. At the same time Billy and his adult self represent the fun and freedom of childhood. And he gets to play out the fantasy of having superhero powers like super strength, super speed, flying and shooting energy bolts from his hands.
Through this movie we get to see ourselves through either of these inner child characters. The story also deals with issues of bullying and abandonment and celebrates the loving power of family and belonging. If you are exploring inner child healing I highly recommend you see this film for inspiration and motivation as well as others on my movies list: Top Inner Child Movies
Our childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can profoundly affect our adult lives. And sometimes our chronic blocks in life and career could stem from a wounded inner child hiding inside us that just needs a hug or to be listened to. Find a movie today to help you connect with your inner child!
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