Being Well Podcast: Recovering from a Challenging Childhood
April 22, 2024

On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Rick and Forrest explore a huge topic: what steps can we take while recovering from a challenging childhood as an adult? Rick introduces a three-step process that can help us reclaim our past, identify the key needs we have these days, and internalize related positive experiences. They discuss related tools from psychology like releasing repressed emotions, claiming agency where we can, and changing what we emphasize in the story of our lives. If you had a hard time growing up, this one’s for you.

You can watch this episode on YouTube.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:40: Recovering from childhood wounds – Reclaim, Resupply, and Repair
  • 7:00: Clarifying your personal narrative, and the importance of agency
  • 12:25: How the unmet needs from your past impacts your present
  • 18:25: Changing what we emphasize in the story we tell ourselves
  • 28:50: Letting the fizz out of the bottle
  • 32:20: Identifying the right medicine for your unresolved wounds 
  • 38:00: How developing competency helps you break free from your past
  • 41:50: Self-soothing through envisioning positive experiences
  • 45:00: The process of letting go of the childhood you wish you had
  • 57:50: Naming what you want from life, and the universal ground of being
  • 1:02:00: Recap

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Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.

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