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Nowhere has John Bradshaw's influence been felt more profoundly than in the area of family systems where he touched millions of lives through his bestselling books, acclaimed PBS series and packed lectures and workshops. Now this landmark Emmy nominated tenpart series for PBS, presents new and powerful insights into how we can reclaim our "wounded" inner child, and take th Nowhere has John Bradshaw's influence been felt more profoundly than in the area of family systems where he touched millions of lives through his bestselling books, acclaimed PBS series and packed lectures and workshops. Now this landmark Emmy nominated tenpart series for PBS, presents new and powerful insights into how we can reclaim our "wounded" inner child, and take the journey that awakens the potential of our deepest selves. If our vulnerable inner child was neglected, abandoned, shamed or abused that child's pain, grief and anger live within us. You may not even know why you continue to do things or be with people who make you unhappy. John Bradshaw combines excerpts from his Inner Child Workshops that powerfully, and often painfully demonstrate how reconnecting with you inner child through original pain work can be the source of hope, fulfillment and regeneration. John's inner child therapeutic theory is embraced worldwide and has enriched and changed the lives of millions.


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Nowhere has John Bradshaw's influence been felt more profoundly than in the area of family systems where he touched millions of lives through his bestselling books, acclaimed PBS series and packed lectures and workshops. Now this landmark Emmy nominated tenpart series for PBS, presents new and powerful insights into how we can reclaim our "wounded" inner child, and take th Nowhere has John Bradshaw's influence been felt more profoundly than in the area of family systems where he touched millions of lives through his bestselling books, acclaimed PBS series and packed lectures and workshops. Now this landmark Emmy nominated tenpart series for PBS, presents new and powerful insights into how we can reclaim our "wounded" inner child, and take the journey that awakens the potential of our deepest selves. If our vulnerable inner child was neglected, abandoned, shamed or abused that child's pain, grief and anger live within us. You may not even know why you continue to do things or be with people who make you unhappy. John Bradshaw combines excerpts from his Inner Child Workshops that powerfully, and often painfully demonstrate how reconnecting with you inner child through original pain work can be the source of hope, fulfillment and regeneration. John's inner child therapeutic theory is embraced worldwide and has enriched and changed the lives of millions.

30 review for Bradshaw On: Homecoming, Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child: A 10 Hour Audiobook Intensive Workshop with John Bradshaw

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 4 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! 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!

  4. 4 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 4 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.

  8. 5 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. This book wasn't helpful for me but I have a friend is growing a lot from her work with this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Giancarlo Fisichella

    THE best book I have come across for inner child work. Absolutely life changing

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Day

    I usually hate self-help books, but my therapist recommended this book to me to help me cope with ongoing issues of being the adult child of both an alcoholic and an enabler. I do not exaggerate when I say this book changed my life. The exercises the book has take you step-by-step through different stages of your life in order to re-parent yourself. I have never so deeply analyzed my habits and deep seated ways of thinking. I sobbed, I mourned, and I walked out a more powerful version of myself. I usually hate self-help books, but my therapist recommended this book to me to help me cope with ongoing issues of being the adult child of both an alcoholic and an enabler. I do not exaggerate when I say this book changed my life. The exercises the book has take you step-by-step through different stages of your life in order to re-parent yourself. I have never so deeply analyzed my habits and deep seated ways of thinking. I sobbed, I mourned, and I walked out a more powerful version of myself. I highly recommend this book. I do caution that you may not want to read it by yourself depending on the level of trauma you dealt with as a child. I read this over a period of six months while regularly visiting a therapist to check in. I also had an amazing support system made up of my husband and a best friend who were familiar with my past and what I hoped to overcome. This book is such a powerful tool and will truly help you on the road to healing. The work is difficult and emotional but the results are fantastic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dana Maff

    I cannot think of a person who would not benefit from reading this book or starting this journey. It will be a long long road for some, but this is life-changing. Learning about the inner child was kind of a slap on the face, because I felt that after all these years, I still don't know most of what makes me Me! How could that be! You might have gone through a normal, balanced, and happy childhood, like I did (Thank God), but you will still be surprised of all the things you will learn about yours I cannot think of a person who would not benefit from reading this book or starting this journey. It will be a long long road for some, but this is life-changing. Learning about the inner child was kind of a slap on the face, because I felt that after all these years, I still don't know most of what makes me Me! How could that be! You might have gone through a normal, balanced, and happy childhood, like I did (Thank God), but you will still be surprised of all the things you will learn about yourself when you interpret your actions and childhood memories and connect the dots. Don't expect a sudden change in thoughts, feelings, or behavior when you are done with thia book. This journey is a way of life and this book can be considered as the first step. You owe it to yourself ❤️, and the family you might create in the future.. 5 stars are not enough.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ken Walsh

    Interesting stuff.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Myers

    Many chapters I learned a ton from (part 1 and chapter 10), however, there were a lot of chapters that were far too drawn out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chantal St-Onge

    Being raped as a child, I needed more than therapy, this book gave me many tools and strength. I understand myself better and am moving forward. This book was a gift from a friend, what a wonderful friend I have.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A personal triumph to have started, to have persevered through the difficult tasks presented throughout this text and to have eventually finished it. I am proud of myself - words I’ve had trouble saying in the past. This books is something which benefits from reading in a group, with a reading partner, or under the guidance of a therapist. In my case a combo of the above. It took me nearly five years to read this book...to do the hard work. It takes time and patience with yourself to really heal A personal triumph to have started, to have persevered through the difficult tasks presented throughout this text and to have eventually finished it. I am proud of myself - words I’ve had trouble saying in the past. This books is something which benefits from reading in a group, with a reading partner, or under the guidance of a therapist. In my case a combo of the above. It took me nearly five years to read this book...to do the hard work. It takes time and patience with yourself to really heal, to not set time limits or unreasonable expectations...to do the grief work and to rebuild...I am worth the effort it took to face the truth and to find ways to heal. Also the best quote included by Bradshaw from another source - Nietzsche, “I could only believe in a god who dances.” 🤘🏻

  17. 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.

  18. 4 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).

  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. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Hatch

    I loved this book for its perspective on working through our past and especially for how to parent in healthy ways for our children. It has some great exercises/application, and gives great context and support for how to practice self-compassion and why that self-compassion is so important. As a parenting book, it really strengthened me in my dedication to helping my children feel safe and unconditionally loved while working through their feelings. If you’re looking for a book to support your pa I loved this book for its perspective on working through our past and especially for how to parent in healthy ways for our children. It has some great exercises/application, and gives great context and support for how to practice self-compassion and why that self-compassion is so important. As a parenting book, it really strengthened me in my dedication to helping my children feel safe and unconditionally loved while working through their feelings. If you’re looking for a book to support your parenting, this one is great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Reagan Love

    Fantastic resource if you are wanting to do some deep "inner work." Delves into every aspect of your "inner child'S" experience which at times can overwhelm. Had to put the book down for a few months to take a break and found myself doing mini breaks along the way. Worth it by the end. May not have bought into every exercise, but the vast majority of this book was extremely helpful and impactful. Would recommend to highly motivated people willing to delve into their childhood experiences. Fantastic resource if you are wanting to do some deep "inner work." Delves into every aspect of your "inner child'S" experience which at times can overwhelm. Had to put the book down for a few months to take a break and found myself doing mini breaks along the way. Worth it by the end. May not have bought into every exercise, but the vast majority of this book was extremely helpful and impactful. Would recommend to highly motivated people willing to delve into their childhood experiences.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liane Carter

    Oh my. What a book. It is like tens of thousands of pounds worth of one-on-one with a psychiatrist. You go so deep. The work you put in continues working and you find yourself pausing to process and heal during the journey. The meditations you record yourself and they are so profound and powerful that you feel your cells rearranging. Incredible investment for self-care and healing. Wow.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Recommended to me by my therapist. This book is helpful with identifying why some of my behaviours / feelings are the way they are and how to continue to grow and master myself. Some exercises really resonated with me and some didn't. I will likely listen to it again and see if I get new takeaways from it. Recommended to me by my therapist. This book is helpful with identifying why some of my behaviours / feelings are the way they are and how to continue to grow and master myself. Some exercises really resonated with me and some didn't. I will likely listen to it again and see if I get new takeaways from it.

  24. 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. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ian Spier

    There were parts that were difficult to get through, due to culture barriers. [religion above all] But overall, a good book, and very necessary to even begin healing from the long hell I endured. Godspeed, sir, and thank you.

  27. 4 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gregory K.

    If you have ever struggled with feeling like you are a fundamentally broken person, even though you have no big trauma in your history, the ideas in this book might finally give you some clarity. Just don't get those ideas from this actual book. Go read about these ideas somewhere else, or even watch YouTube videos about them (I first heard about this book from Patrick Teahan on YouTube, and I recommend watching his videos). Although the core ideas of this book have the potential to change lives, If you have ever struggled with feeling like you are a fundamentally broken person, even though you have no big trauma in your history, the ideas in this book might finally give you some clarity. Just don't get those ideas from this actual book. Go read about these ideas somewhere else, or even watch YouTube videos about them (I first heard about this book from Patrick Teahan on YouTube, and I recommend watching his videos). Although the core ideas of this book have the potential to change lives, those ideas are buried under some really problematic writing. He sprinkles some strange vignettes into the book, weird stories about an elf or a wizard, that I think are meant to be emotional but just come off as silly. That is especially true when those vignettes are put side-by-side with really heart-rending anecdotes of childhood trauma and recovery. He also speaks as if everything he says is a fact. The reality though is that much of what he writes is based on anecdotes, his own personal experiences, and outdated psychology (like Freud's defunct psycho-sexual stages). The way I put it to a friend is that the work this book is asking you to do is really valid and useful, but the theories underlining it make no sense at all. He spends an uncomfortable amount of time in this book talking about how if you like people's butts (in a sexual way) that this has deep psychological significance and meaning when it comes to connecting to your wounded inner child. He doesn't talk about the fetishization of any other body part this way though (such as the fetishization of women's breasts), which just makes that part of the book feel even more out of place, and more about him than the reader. My guess is that the emotional and intuitive process of connecting to the inner child came to him first. Maybe he saw great success in telling clients to write letters to their wounded inner child, or he saw traction talking with clients about how their parents might not have been abusive in the legal sense but still might have caused harm. Then when he had to explain this process to colleagues and therapists he tried to attach some theories almost as an after-thought. If you do decide to give this book a chance, I would suggest you focus on WHAT the book is telling you to do and not WHY the book is telling you to do it. That is where the real meat of this book can be found. Finally, the author does try to be inclusive by talking about homosexual people in a validating way. But he is really stuck in the way he views gender roles in a way that may put off people who view traditional gender roles as problematic, or anyone who is trans or non-binary. Honestly I think this is more because this book (and the author) are older, rather than due to anything malicious on the part of the author. It is just something to keep in mind if these are sensitive issues for you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eugene

    I stumbled upon the idea of "inner child" work as part of therapeutic practices, where insight into current problems and patterns in life can come from examining behaviors and patterns learned (explicitly or implicitly) long ago, often during childhood. One way to examine these conditioned behaviors is to turn our usual skills of social relating inward, and relate to our memories and felt experiences of childhood as we would a literal child. Bradshaw skillfully navigates the reader through a seq I stumbled upon the idea of "inner child" work as part of therapeutic practices, where insight into current problems and patterns in life can come from examining behaviors and patterns learned (explicitly or implicitly) long ago, often during childhood. One way to examine these conditioned behaviors is to turn our usual skills of social relating inward, and relate to our memories and felt experiences of childhood as we would a literal child. Bradshaw skillfully navigates the reader through a sequence of guided meditations and exercises, designed to playfully and viscerally focus our attention and sensations onto our childhood experiences. Listening through these as an audiobook is definitely the right way to go. I found the editing relatively choppy, skipping between on-stage lectures and recorded meditation instructions, and wish there was both more content, more anecdotes of personal experience, and more breadth to the discussion of "inner children". That said, I'll be coming back to these exercises for a long time!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    The audiocassette has been transferred to Audible and presents in enlightening deep-dive into our early years from birth to early school to help us try to figure out where our negative conditioning comes from. This could be around money, love, business, etc, but these formational beliefs we pick up and become conditioned by often limit our potential, even if some were "given" to us out of love. The audio mixes presentation and insight with meditation (regression) exercises to help you figure out The audiocassette has been transferred to Audible and presents in enlightening deep-dive into our early years from birth to early school to help us try to figure out where our negative conditioning comes from. This could be around money, love, business, etc, but these formational beliefs we pick up and become conditioned by often limit our potential, even if some were "given" to us out of love. The audio mixes presentation and insight with meditation (regression) exercises to help you figure out for yourself where some of your inner demons come from. If you have identified that you may not have had the ideal framework growing up (which applies to most of us), add this to your list of listens and start reconditioning your limiting beliefs. At just over 3 hours it's an excellent (and often humorous) way to get to the heart of yourself quickly.

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