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Day 18: Childhood Series – Raising a Child as You Were Raised

Dr. David Clarke discusses the factors that shape our personalities, and an exercise that will take you back to childhood to better understand the challenges you faced growing up, and what this means for you as an adult today.

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Summary

Dr. David Clarke covers topics including:

  • How our personality traits are shaped in childhood, often by negative experiences
  • How an orientation to “pleasing others” can leave us emotionally unfulfilled
  • An exercise to better understand our emotional experience growing up, and how it “felt” to be you at a young age

Journaling Assignment

Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.

Questions for Journaling:

  • Imagine you are observing a child growing up as you did

    • What would you do to recreate the same environment for this child?
    • What would the child be experiencing emotionally?
    • How would you feel observing this child’s experience?
    • What would you say to the child to help them recover?
  • On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today?