Inner child
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Inner child is a concept used in popular psychology and Analytical psychology to denote the childlike aspect of a person’s psyche, especially when viewed as an independent entity. Frequently, the term is used to address subjective childhood experiences and the remaining effects of one’s childhood. The inner child also refers to all of the emotional memory and experiences stored in the brain from earliest memory. The Twelve-step program recovery movement considers healing the inner child to be one of the essential stages in recovery from addiction, abuse, trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder. In the 1970s, the inner child concept emerged alongside the clinical concept of codependency (first called Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome.)

Carl Jung referred to a similar concept as the “Divine Child”. Emmet Fox called it the “Wonder Child”. Charles Whitfield dubbed it the “Child Within”. Some psychotherapists call it the “True Self”. Transactional Analysis calls it simply Child. W. Missildine may have been the first to refer to this concept as the inner child in his 1963 book Your Inner Child of the Past. The “wounded inner child” is a modified application of the inner child concept popularized by American educator, and pop psychology and self help movement leader, John Bradshaw.

The inner child can be considered a subpersonality, and many of those therapy approaches that work with subpersonalities deal with the inner child, even if they don’t use that term. Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) has expanded the concept considerably in recognizing that there isn’t just one inner child subpersonality, but many. IFS calls the wounded inner child subpersonalities “exiles” because they tend to be excluded from consciousness in order to defend against the pain and trauma that they carry. It has a sophisticated method for gaining safe access to a person’s exiles, witnessing the stories of their origins in childhood, and healing them.

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I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 (Full story: Click on full portfolio, Click on my name)

I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 2 years ago

    stunning work .. love it

  • Thank you!!…so glad you like it hon…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, Tammera! What a wonderful and creative image! Love the narrative as well!

  • awww….thanx ever so much Karen!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • wormink
    worminkalmost 2 years ago

    my inner child rescues me

  • lol….too true…if done right, that is the way it should be huh?!!

    – Tammera

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 2 years ago

    superbe work Tammera and a great message also , love, xxo

  • Thank you so very much Anna!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Thank you so much Anna!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Amazing!! :)

  • Thank you hon!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 2 years ago


  • thanx kindly liz!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • thanx so kindly liz…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 2 years ago

    Tammera, this is simply amazing and so beautiful and SO powerful! Congrats!!

    WOW! what a great compliment Scott!!…thank you so much!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 2 years ago

  • Thank you kindly Val!!..;-D

    – Tammera

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