Talking about the “inner child” has always felt a little weird to me. Maybe it’s because the term has been tossed around a lot and sounds like touchy-feely pop psychology. At the same time, the concept makes so much sense to me. In her book The Portable Therapist, Susanna McMahon, Ph.D. says:
All of us began by perceiving the world through the child’s eyes. And all of us have some memories of those perceptions. The child within us remembers the helplessness of feeling out of control.
She also says:
You, and you alone, can give your child what is needed….You are the ideal parent for your child and your inner child is the only one for which you can be ideal.