Your “inner child” is a part of your subconscious that has been picking up messages way before it was able to fully process what was going on (mentally and emotionally). It holds emotions, memories and beliefs from the past as well as hopes and dreams for the future.
This quiz was created by Oenone Crossley-Holland.
For each statement below, answer…
- Hardly ever
- Most of the time
- I have a playful side and know how to enjoy myself.
- My childhood memories are strong and I can remember how I felt when I was young.
- I have a vivid imagination and enjoy creative pursuits.
- From time to time, I look at old photographs of myself.
- I have a healthy relationship with my siblings.
- The people who knew me as a child say I have not changed much
- I am comfortable in my skin.
- In all my friendships and intimate relationships, I look for equal partnerships.
- I have found peace with my upbringing.
- Life’s small pleasures delight me and I am often in awe of the world.
- I am aware of my childhood wounds.
- My demeanor reflects who I am inside.
- I have built a life that supports me.
- Being alone doesn’t worry me.
- I live in the present and have a curiosity for life.
- Sometimes, I can be silly and I value laughter.
- Each day I take time out to unwind and switch off.
- I enjoy the company of children and feel I can learn something from them.
- When I am throwing my toys out of the pram, I can admit it.
- I feel a sense of freedom.
CHECK YOUR SCORE
If most of the answers were ‘most of the time’…
The adult us are in sync with the present and at peace within.
Our ‘inner child traits’ and patterns are not influencing our thoughts, perceptions, behavior, and actions. We are carrying our adult responsibility and not weighed down by our past. Rather than being wholly dependent on the relationships in our life, or wholly independent, we have probably found a place of balance and interdependence. We can ask for help when needed.
If most of the answers were ‘sometimes’ …
The adult ‘us’ is trying to strike a balance between past issues and being in the present. There are times when the inner child traits are dormant or in a latent state, wherein the adult is living to the fullest. But when triggered, the traits get active and the inner child patterns play out.
If most of the answers were ‘hardly ever’ …
The ‘inner child’ patterns dominate the adult being. The adult ‘us’ is ‘stuck’ and unable to change the perception and break the pattern. Awareness or acceptance is difficult or taking action.
To know more …
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Dr. Sumit GoelDoctor, Teacher-Trainer, Motivator, Author.