Reparenting a Healthy Me!

“The underlying assumption is that all mental illness results principally from such parenting, even including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. (Schiff, 1960s).

You can reparent yourself with helpful self-help techniques that really work. Here are some tools I use to help me!

Hug yourself daily! Nurture your inner child.

  1. Affirmations with “I AM” one example would be “I Am a loving human”
  2. Talk to your Adult self and ask for help with grown up stuff.
  3. Ask your parent self to help you make friends, eat nutritious food, learn a subject like math, english, history, and philosophy.
  4. Give yourself daily rewards.
  5. Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
  6. Read literature and inspiring quotes
  7. Write in your notebook a list of things to do on a daily basis.
  8. Stay in the present by practicing mindfulness.
  9. Focus your awareness on here and now.
  10. Think about good memories
  11. Pay attention to your reactions to good and bad things.

“In the late 1960s, Jaqui Lee Schiff developed a form of therapy based on transactional analysis theory. She would dub this form of therapy as total regression reparenting, the very first form of reparenting. Schiff and her followers claimed success with curing clients using reparenting, which resulted in the expansion of its practice. The promising findings of reparenting by Schiff led other therapists to develop their own application and forms of reparenting. The other most notable forms of reparenting that later came include time-limited, spot, and self parenting. Some people consider reparenting to be one of the many forms of New Age psychotherapy.” (Wikipedia)

“Reparenting is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively assumes the role of a new or surrogate parental figure for the client, in order to treat psychological disturbances caused by defective, even abusive, parenting. The underlying assumption is that all mental illness results principally from such parenting, even including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite the therapy’s association with the theory and practice of transactional analysis in the field of psychology, there is not much empirical evidence for its effectiveness, and some significant suggestions that it can in fact be harmful; most mental health practitioners do not regard reparenting as a legitimate form of therapy.This is a very nice poem of reparenting the wounded child from a very nice serene website.” (Wikipedia).


Child Within

I found my child within today,

For many years so locked away,

Loving, embracing, needing so much,

If only I could reach in and touch.

I did not know this child of mine,

We were never acquainted at three or nine,

But today I felt the crying inside,

I’m here, I shouted, come reside.

We hugged each other ever so tight,

As feelings emerged of hurt and fright.

It’s okay, I sobbed, I love you so!

You are precious to me, I want you to know.

My child, my child, you are safe today,

You will not be abandoned, I’m here to stay.

We laughed, we cried, it was a discovery,

This warm loving child is my recovery.

By Kathleen Algoe

“When we have positive, productive encounters with people, it feels great. Things get done, and people feel good about their work and their life.”

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