Our experiences in childhood impact us in many ways. One of the ways we respond to childhood wounds or our inner wounded child is by adapting our behaviours or creating defences to protect ourselves- this is known as the adaptive child. These adaptive behaviours can be effective as a way to survive our original trauma and experience, but they can become destructive and maladaptive later on because they no longer match the situation and our ability to cope. These adaptive behaviours then become destructive not only to ourselves but our relationships with others. In working towards healing our wounded child, we must learn to shift our mindset and recognize that we are no longer that child being hurt. So, we must once again learn to adapt and find balance in order to be the functioning adult. Today, we’re diving deeper into these three pieces of ourselves- the wounded child, adaptive child and functioning adult and discussing ways to develop skills to challenge your woundedness and heal your inner child!