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.
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
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?
- Deep Breathing
- Grand Central Station Meditation
- Driving Meditation
- Negative Self-Talk Exercise
- Body Scan Exercise
- Day 0: Setting Up for Success
- Day 1: Your "Old Back Story"
- Day 2: Understanding ESR
- Day 3: Deep Breathing
- Day 4: Wisdom from a Spine Surgeon
- Day 5: How We Get Programmed for Pain
- Day 6: Type A Personalities
- Day 7: The "Big 4" Emotions
- Day 8: A Case of Childhood Stress
- Day 9: A Case of Current Stress
- Day 10: Cases of Depression and Anxiety
- Day 11: Taking Stock & Survey
- Day 12: Your "Monkey Mind"
- Day 13: Awareness in Day-to-Day Life
- Day 14: Roots of Negative Self-Talk
- Day 15: Living from the Neck Up
- Day 16: The Stress Inventory
- Day 17: Depth Journaling
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