“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
When I am coaching a client, often one of the most profound leaps they make is recognizing the personal power that accompanies adult decisions, outlooks, and behaviors.
Sometimes a person is so entrenched in reactive behaviors, old hurts, and learned perceptions that they don't realize they are trapped in a stage of childhood that limits their personal growth and relationships.
Much has been made of the concept of embracing one's inner child.
In this context, I'm referring to the therapeutic work (usually offered by mental health professionals) to help clients heal the emotional wounds and coping mechanisms that arise from adverse childhood experiences.