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Using a wealth of practical techniques, informative case histories and unique questionnaires, John Bradshaw demonstrates how your wounded inner child may be causing you pain. You'll learn to gradually, safely, go back to reclaim and nurture that inner child - and literally help yourself grow up again. Homecoming shows you how to: Validate your inner child through meditation Using a wealth of practical techniques, informative case histories and unique questionnaires, John Bradshaw demonstrates how your wounded inner child may be causing you pain. You'll learn to gradually, safely, go back to reclaim and nurture that inner child - and literally help yourself grow up again. Homecoming shows you how to: Validate your inner child through meditations and affirmations Give your child permission to break destructive family roles and rules Adopt new rules allowing pleasure and honest self-expression Deal with anger and difficult relationships Pay attention to your innermost purpose and desires...and find new joy and energy in living.

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Using a wealth of practical techniques, informative case histories and unique questionnaires, John Bradshaw demonstrates how your wounded inner child may be causing you pain. You'll learn to gradually, safely, go back to reclaim and nurture that inner child - and literally help yourself grow up again. Homecoming shows you how to: Validate your inner child through meditation Using a wealth of practical techniques, informative case histories and unique questionnaires, John Bradshaw demonstrates how your wounded inner child may be causing you pain. You'll learn to gradually, safely, go back to reclaim and nurture that inner child - and literally help yourself grow up again. Homecoming shows you how to: Validate your inner child through meditations and affirmations Give your child permission to break destructive family roles and rules Adopt new rules allowing pleasure and honest self-expression Deal with anger and difficult relationships Pay attention to your innermost purpose and desires...and find new joy and energy in living.

30 review for Homecoming: Reclaiming and Healing Your Inner Child

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    I went to a "Healing the Shame That Binds You" presentation by John Bradshaw back in the early seventies. He spoke to a crowd of just over a thousand people and at times when he was sharing stories of his personal shame scenerios you could literally hear a pin drop. This guy knows how to shed light on those dark painful areas that we hold inside. Reading his books and watching the series he had on PBS years ago changed my life for the better! Thank You John Bradshaw!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tilda

    Despite its popularity, I didn't like this book. I didn't finish it because I really didn't like it. The style of writing is too airy-fairy, lots of nice sounding fluffy words but lacking any real substance. Plus his arguments are not solid and he contradicts himself a lot. Example of what I consider a strange sentence: "The feeling of unified wholeness and completeness is the true meaning of perfection ..." Is it?? It that really the definition of "perfection"? If someone walked up to me and as Despite its popularity, I didn't like this book. I didn't finish it because I really didn't like it. The style of writing is too airy-fairy, lots of nice sounding fluffy words but lacking any real substance. Plus his arguments are not solid and he contradicts himself a lot. Example of what I consider a strange sentence: "The feeling of unified wholeness and completeness is the true meaning of perfection ..." Is it?? It that really the definition of "perfection"? If someone walked up to me and asked me to define "perfection" I wouldn't say "It's the feeling of unified wholeness." What does that even mean? I have a legal background so maybe this is just too vague for my taste. What's the difference between "wholeness" and "unique wholeness" precisely? It's just one example of many strange sentences. Plus he makes a lot of comparisons between humans and animals and how animals are not capable of this or that, but is he some kind of expert on the subject or just stating his opinions? Because if those are just his opinions, he shouldn't state it as fact. I think he makes a few valid points, but they are hidden among far too much vagueness, unsubstantiated arguments, and things which simply don't make any sense. I have stopped reading it because I was scribbling all over the pages with so much red ink to indicate my disagreement, that I thought it best to leave it and try another book on the same subject. I'm now reading Healing Your Aloneness by Chopich and Paul. So far, so good. Much more concrete.

  3. 5 out of 5

    marie monroe

    this book changed my life. i recommend it to everyone who lived at the mercy of distressed adults (even for the proverbial minute), and/or who grew up uncomfortable, embarrassed, ashamed and distressed themselves. plus, if you have, or ever had, an addiction or other compulsion (like perfectionism), this is hard-hitting like a velvet hammer and a cuddle hybrid. it just might just take you home.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kris Irvin

    This book has some very fascinating information, if you can suspend your cynicism long enough to get into it. I greatly enjoyed reading the first half and felt like the author knew my exact situation because of the scarily accurate "diagnosis" he gave. But once I got to the exercises, I lost interest. I'd like to know how to heal my inner child without having to do weird meditations, thank you. Actually, I'm not sure I believe in the whole concept of an inner child, I thought it was kind of hoke This book has some very fascinating information, if you can suspend your cynicism long enough to get into it. I greatly enjoyed reading the first half and felt like the author knew my exact situation because of the scarily accurate "diagnosis" he gave. But once I got to the exercises, I lost interest. I'd like to know how to heal my inner child without having to do weird meditations, thank you. Actually, I'm not sure I believe in the whole concept of an inner child, I thought it was kind of hokey. But it does give Bradshaw an easy way to explain what's wrong with you. I'm interested in reading his other books, but meditating and inviting my inner child to come home and live with me is too "out there" for my taste.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    I had mixed reactions to this book. On the one hand, the basic concept (how childhood wounds escalate into adult problems) is incredibly important. However, this book is a product of its time. Among other things, Bradshaw posits that repression causes cancer, and preaches Freud’s theory of psychosexual stages (oral, anal, etc.) which is no longer practiced or taken seriously in psychology. Additionally, many people won’t enjoy the implicit gender role stereotypes that abound in this book. Howeve I had mixed reactions to this book. On the one hand, the basic concept (how childhood wounds escalate into adult problems) is incredibly important. However, this book is a product of its time. Among other things, Bradshaw posits that repression causes cancer, and preaches Freud’s theory of psychosexual stages (oral, anal, etc.) which is no longer practiced or taken seriously in psychology. Additionally, many people won’t enjoy the implicit gender role stereotypes that abound in this book. However, a few tears did spring to my eyes while I was reading, so I have to admit it had the desired effect of helping me understand just how deep childhood wounds run. Overall, I’m sure that there are many more up-to-date books that better explain psychoanalytic concepts. There are lots of great points here that rang true, but also a lot of dubious content that went along with it, and I quickly figured out that the best way to read it is to skim through, get the general idea and not fuss too much over the details. 2.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book wasn't helpful for me but I have a friend is growing a lot from her work with this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    This book is very near and dear to me as it was the 1st book I read at 18 after giving birth and beginning my journey of healing and self-discovery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Troy

    I was a little distraught reading the first chapter of this book. The phrasing of things were making me feel, not very empowered. Granted, the subject matter should probably warrant that. The first chapter explains the types of "inner child" issues people have. There's a quiz at the end of the first chapter that tells you if the book is right for you or not. I do appreciate that the book has it's own filtering mechanism in the first chapter to tell you to read the rest or not. I ended up being f I was a little distraught reading the first chapter of this book. The phrasing of things were making me feel, not very empowered. Granted, the subject matter should probably warrant that. The first chapter explains the types of "inner child" issues people have. There's a quiz at the end of the first chapter that tells you if the book is right for you or not. I do appreciate that the book has it's own filtering mechanism in the first chapter to tell you to read the rest or not. I ended up being filtered out. If someone picks this book up, reads the first chapter, and it resonates with them, I imagine it would be a very good book (as I've read others by him and like his writing style).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate Hyde

    DNF at 85%. I tried so hard to finish this book, but it just didn’t hold my interest. There’s some good stuff (I highlighted several passages to refer back to), but the rest is very repetitive and hokey.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is an excellent way to work through the process of healing and reclaiming your 'inner child." It's great to do this individually or with a therapist. Gets into deeper psychological healing for trauma/neglect at all developmental stages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    The concept of the Inner Child is important and beautiful, yet the book just doesn't fit into our time, anymore.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Guna Grāmatniece

    There are places in the heart which do not yet exist; pain must be in order that they be. -- Iekšējā bērna dziedināšana.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gato Negro

    If you are a psychology student or practitioner of psychology, you will recognize the theorists and their various ideas mentioned throughout the book. I could tell it was written a while back but the notion of an inner child still rings true for me today. So much of this is relevant to my life as I had to grow up very quickly due to my mother leaving my father and I when I was a young teenager. I am revisiting all of these beliefs and concepts as I am going through what can only be referred to a If you are a psychology student or practitioner of psychology, you will recognize the theorists and their various ideas mentioned throughout the book. I could tell it was written a while back but the notion of an inner child still rings true for me today. So much of this is relevant to my life as I had to grow up very quickly due to my mother leaving my father and I when I was a young teenager. I am revisiting all of these beliefs and concepts as I am going through what can only be referred to as a renaissance of sorts in my personal life. A good read if you have an unsettled heart as a result of unfinished childhood business or if you had a stilted, negatively affected childhood due to abuse, neglect or trauma.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shaifali

    Didn't read the book but watched the 10-hour long 10-part series that aired on PBS several years ago, which was the basis of this book. Totally recommend it to anyone and everyone. Probably better than the book because the series showed clips of actual sessions and meditation sound tracks to actually do the exercises -- which I am not sure but I guess would probably be missing from the book. Reading his other book on family system, and definitely the format of the TV series is much better than the Didn't read the book but watched the 10-hour long 10-part series that aired on PBS several years ago, which was the basis of this book. Totally recommend it to anyone and everyone. Probably better than the book because the series showed clips of actual sessions and meditation sound tracks to actually do the exercises -- which I am not sure but I guess would probably be missing from the book. Reading his other book on family system, and definitely the format of the TV series is much better than the book for such a material.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claire Gray

    I believe Self Healing begins with inner child work -unravelling the past to childhood leads us to be aware of how we relate today. Nurturing and reaching out to our inner child can have a profound effect as we begin an inner dialog with self and find the answers to our on going questions and start to analyse our behaviours and those around us. No one else can do this work for you, you have to do it yourself. I began with ‘Homecoming’ and this is where my journey began to heal the wounds of the p I believe Self Healing begins with inner child work -unravelling the past to childhood leads us to be aware of how we relate today. Nurturing and reaching out to our inner child can have a profound effect as we begin an inner dialog with self and find the answers to our on going questions and start to analyse our behaviours and those around us. No one else can do this work for you, you have to do it yourself. I began with ‘Homecoming’ and this is where my journey began to heal the wounds of the past. And of course with the help of therapy! A wonderful book to start inner child work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I stopped reading it as it seems to me the author liked talking about himself more and liked to show how educated he is. it's nice to hear people about their own struggles but this was way to much. also it's too much about alcoholism and (non)physicalsexual abuse. the problems he himself suffered from. I do like the explanation but it's to Freudian for me without proper research to back it up

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    This book was an assignment so not one I would have picked out myself. It was laborious which is to be expected to an extent but oh my, I could not wait to be done with this. I am currently rejoicing!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    What can be said about John Bradshaw? What a loving, engaging man who has brought healing and growth to so many through his books and lectures. This book brings so much healing and hope to anyone who had a dysfunctional childhood.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    I am still reading this book, but needed to make a comment on how timeless this advice really is, especially during this technologically driven time. I had been looking for help in how to get unstuck in my life. I was also struggling with finding the right answers within myself on a variety of topics. This book so far has helped me in so many ways. While I am dreading finishing this book, I can't wait to see how this important book ends. A must read if you are a parent, a child, parent to be, or I am still reading this book, but needed to make a comment on how timeless this advice really is, especially during this technologically driven time. I had been looking for help in how to get unstuck in my life. I was also struggling with finding the right answers within myself on a variety of topics. This book so far has helped me in so many ways. While I am dreading finishing this book, I can't wait to see how this important book ends. A must read if you are a parent, a child, parent to be, or human.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I didn't finish because it seemed the author wanted to share shocking stories of trauma instead of help readers work through their own trauma. I was disgusted by some of the stories he unnecessarily shared.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This book is short, and really hits home, hard. I want more of it. I will need to go back to it and the exercises again and again, and hopefully develop a better relationship with my inner child.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    For me this was perfect. Exactly what the doctor ordered.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill Carlier

    I love this man! He's all about love!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Interesting, 90% read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joey Silayan

    Reading this book has... brought quite a few skeletons out of my closet. Not for the faint hearted :-) Nonetheless, I LOVE this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Conti

    A very good book, but I highly recommend the abridged audiobook version, which has the chance to change your life. The meditative exercises are beyond powerful.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy Allen

    Great book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Combines Erikson's stages of development with Jung's views of the mind.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harvey Lidstone-Lane

    An interesting and thought provoking read. I particularly appreciated the author's interpretation/explanation of Erikson's developmental stages. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a deeper understanding of how early development impacts psychological wellbeing. The one criticism I have of this book is that it feels unsure of what it is trying to be. The theories and ideas presented may be a little intense for people who have no prior knowledge of psychology or psychotherapy. On An interesting and thought provoking read. I particularly appreciated the author's interpretation/explanation of Erikson's developmental stages. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a deeper understanding of how early development impacts psychological wellbeing. The one criticism I have of this book is that it feels unsure of what it is trying to be. The theories and ideas presented may be a little intense for people who have no prior knowledge of psychology or psychotherapy. On the other hand, this is essentially a self-help book and because of this people looking for something more psychologically in-depth may be disappointed. In all, I would recommend keeping an open mind when approaching this book. Attempt some of the exercises Bradshaw outlines and see how they work for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul Lyons

    Interesting self-help book that guides the reader into getting in touch and embracing one's inner child. Author John Bradshaw offers a variety of methods in order to achieve this task...including group work and individual meditations and affirmations...yet "Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child" is most effective in its example...specifically the stories Bradshaw offers about his own life. Resistance to the methods offered in the book is only natural, and not everything mentione Interesting self-help book that guides the reader into getting in touch and embracing one's inner child. Author John Bradshaw offers a variety of methods in order to achieve this task...including group work and individual meditations and affirmations...yet "Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child" is most effective in its example...specifically the stories Bradshaw offers about his own life. Resistance to the methods offered in the book is only natural, and not everything mentioned in the book applies to the reader. However, there are enough insightful nuggets in Bradshaw's work to make the entire read worth the effort...especially since the book gets better as it goes along. No, I can't say I enjoyed reading "Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child"...yet I found enough value in it for me to deeply consider its stories and meditations. Perhaps I may benefit further by revisiting the book again in the near future...if not now.

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