Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from Abandonment

Self-sabotage ranges from addiction to relationship avoidance to procrastination. Psychotherapist Susan Anderson calls the self-saboteur the “outer child.” The outer child aims to protect your inner child from re-experiencing old traumas and painful emotions. Your adult self is responsible for caring for the inner child, and keeping the outer child in check—a balance that doesn’t exist where self-sabotage thrives. By acknowledging self-sabotage as a reaction to early pain, you begin to regain control. Once you recognize the source of self-sabotage, you can take small, practical steps to reroute your emotional wiring and excise early trauma.

Read the full article here: Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from Abandonment