The wounded childhood
1 We all carry the burden of childhood emotional wounds.
2 Some of these wounds are circumstantial and minor, whereas
others are deep and chronic, such as those that respond to
experience of childhood mistreatment: physical violence, psychological
violence, sexual abuse, parental negligence, abandonment.
3 These childhood emotional wounds, by being open and not sufficiently
healed, tend to affect, obstacle or interrupt adult life.
4Psychotherapy with adults can very well be understood, from
its roots, as the joint process of healing the childhood emotional
5Speaking of the wounded childhood is acknowledging childhood
as the most important period in the emotional construction
of an individual.
6 This does not imply ceasing to consider the emotional wounds
whose origin comes from adolescence or adulthood.
7Childhood emotional wounds tend to occur in the context of
early relationships with parents or caregivers, as well as with
siblings or other figures of the nuclear family. It is also necessary
to add the school environment.
8 The wounded childhood refers especially to the complex relational
trauma, i.e. the intolerable and chronic suffering or pain
that happens every day during development and frequently in the
context of significant and close interpersonal relationships.
9 If the wounded childhood is a mistreated childhood, then its
opposite is a well-treated childhood.
10 An upbringing based on good treatment and on an education
for non-violence are fundamental pillars of mental health.