Definition of inner child in English:

inner child


  • A person's supposed original or true self, especially when regarded as damaged or concealed by negative childhood experiences.

    ‘you may still be acting out the pain suffered by your inner child’
    • ‘One way of dealing with the dilemma is recognition that the hurt inner child isn't the only inner child one has available to connect with.’
    • ‘It gives your inner child a chance to explore different ways of acting, speaking and feeling, without judgment.’
    • ‘It was a very fatherly voice, one that any person could find their inner child crying to for help and comfort.’
    • ‘Stop embracing what you perceive to be adulthood so readily and let the inner child free for once.’
    • ‘I recall a US State Department manager who finally realized he had to control his temper tantrum throwing inner child.’
    • ‘And if nothing else, it's great therapy, because we all need to find our inner child.’
    • ‘Ever since this happened, I've found myself getting back my imagination, getting back in touch with my inner child.’
    • ‘They spend long afternoons and whole chapters probing their tender feelings and coddling their inner children, when they should be shutting the whiny brat up with a belt of bourbon.’
    • ‘These were films to sate our inner children, perfect movies that crossed generational borders.’
    • ‘And I'll tell you something else: your problem is not just that you haven't come to terms with your inner child.’
    • ‘I think it was my inner child wanting to have some fun.’
    • ‘About 60 city folks are letting out their inner child, they are partying, shouting, playing music, having fun.’
    • ‘Around the 19th plan an activity that delights your inner child.’
    • ‘No matter your football background, there's a grown-up reason to get into the action, and your inner child will thank you later.’
    • ‘Now, to satisfy my inner child, I was slightly afraid of knocking on the door and a lumbering man coming out, brandishing a wooden club.’
    • ‘And yet here I am, many moons later, writing that my inner child must have keeled over somewhere in the ensuing years.’
    • ‘Physically, she's in her 40s, but her inner child is trapped at age 9-the year her father died.’
    • ‘She has grace, and yet, I can see that she hides an inner child.’
    • ‘This fearful beginning sets up a self-perpetuating situation until awareness and healing occur for the inner child.’
    • ‘I don't recall any trauma-inducing rat movies from my youth, but watching them now can leaves wounds on my inner child.’


inner child

/ˈinər CHīld/ /ˈɪnər tʃaɪld/