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Inner child is a concept used in pop psychology to denote the childlike aspect of a person's psyche, especially when viewed as an independent entity. Frequently, the term is used to address subjective childood experiences and the remaining affects of one's childhood. It originates from the pop psychology book I'm OK, You're OK by Thomas Anthony Harris, and is based on the ideas of Eric Berne.[1]

Carl Jung referred to a similar concept as the 'Divine Child'. Emmet Fox called it the 'Wonder Child'. Charles Whitfield dubbed it the 'Child Within'. Some psychotherapists call it the 'True Self'. The "wounded inner child" is a modified application of the inner child concept popularized by American educator, and pop psychology and self help movement leader, John Bradshaw.

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  1. "Shrinking prophets". The Guardian. May 27, 2000.
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