• Healing the Child Within

  • Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
  • By: Charles Whitfield
  • Narrated by: Robert Feifar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-02-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (31 ratings)


Have you ever heard of your inner child? Well, this is the classic book that started it all.
In 1987, Charlie Whitfield's breakthrough concept of the child within - that part of us which is truly alive, energetic, creative, and fulfilled - launched the inner child movement. Healing the Child Within describes how the inner child is lost to trauma and loss, and how by recovering it, we can heal the fear, confusion, and unhappiness of adult life.
Eighteen years and more than a million copies sold later, Healing the Child Within is a perennial selling classic in the field of psychology. And it is even more timely today than it was in 1987. Recent brain research, particularly on the effects of trauma on the brain of developing children, has supported Whitfield's intuitive understanding as a psychiatrist.
About HCI Recovery Classics: HCI's recovery backlist contains some of the most important and best-selling works in the recovery field. These books are still sought after today, selling more than 100,000 copies per year. Our new line of branded audiobooks features expanded editions of our top recovery titles, new introductions, updates on pertinent recent developments in the field, and contemporary new cover art.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
Download the accompanying reference guide.
©1987 Charles L. Whitfield (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Dillie Bubble on 21-09-14

Content is okay if you can cope listening to it.

This book should never have been made into an audiobook. Its content is completely lost in translation (for me at least). It contains long lists, which the narrator just reads out monotone and this becomes increasingly annoying over time. I found myself switching off as more and more lists were read out. In the end, I lost track of the content and after 3 hours, gave up entirely. Shame really, I was looking forward to it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Maryam on 24-01-15

It was ok :-)

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think it was time well spent in the sense I always prefer an audiobook these days. I learnt some things for sure.

What three words best describe Robert Feifar’s voice?

I think the voice was not the best. It lacked the passion that authors themselves have. It was too advertise-like perhaps.

Any additional comments?

I've only listened to it once and will listen to it again hopefully at some point. It's been a while since i listened to it but I do remember it brought up some emotion for me.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 13-06-17

Dysfunction from Emotionally Absent Parents

This book helped me see and understand the dysfunction within my family. My parents were not alcoholics but the lack of emotional support, created an environment that looked like that of alcoholics. Many people don't even realize that they may have a problem. Many therapist don't address these emotional issues in their sessions. It seems like job security in the mental health field.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Brooke on 19-07-15

Don't need to know the history

What was most disappointing about Charles Whitfield’s story?

In the first parts, the author goes on and on about the history and the concepts (the leaders in the field) of the "child within." It's technical and boring. I feel like I'm reading a text book in psyche class. I want to get to the meat of it, not how it was conceptualized. I lost interest.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Feifar?

Very old school narration. If the content was interesting, I wouldn't mind it that much, but with the boring introduction, it made it hard to keep focused.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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