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Day 20: Childhood Series – Acknowledging the Hero in Us

Dr. David Clarke discusses why it is important to acknowledge our own difficult emotional experiences from childhood, and to give ourselves credit and praise as “heroes”.

Audio Soundtrack

Summary

Dr. David Clarke discusses topics including:

  • How the exercises in the previous two days of the program can stir-up negative emotion that’s hard to deal with
  • How most of us who overcame difficult childhood experiences don’t acknowledge the “hero” in us
  • A simple thing you can do to acknowledge yourself
  • If you’d be happy to raise your own child just as you were raised, you might not have stressful childhood experiences worthy of this exercise

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:

  • Have you acknowledged yourself for overcoming the difficult aspects of your childhood?
  • If not, why not?
  • How can you acknowledge yourself as a “hero” and make this front and center in your day-to-day life?
  • On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today?