The Wounded Child Archetype

Light Attributes

Awakens compassion and desire to serve other Wounded Children.

Opens the learning path of forgiveness.

Shadow Attributes

Blames all dysfunctional relationships on childhood wounds.

Resists moving on through forgiveness.

The Wounded Child archetype holds the memories of the abuse, neglect, and other traumas that we have endured during childhood.

This may be the pattern people relate to the most, particularly since it has become the focus of therapy. The Wounded Child is accepted as a major culprit in the analysis of adult suffering.

The painful experiences of the Wounded Child archetype often awaken a deep sense of compassion and a desire to find a path of service aimed at helping other Wounded Children.

From a spiritual perspective, a wounded childhood cracks open the learning path of forgiveness.

The Shadow Aspect

The shadow aspect may manifest as an abiding sense of self-pity, a tendency to blame your parents for your current shortcomings and to resist moving on through forgiveness.


Choosing the Wounded Child suggests that you credit the painful and abusive experiences of your childhood with having a substantial influence on your adult life. Many people blame their Wounded Child, for instance, for all their subsequent dysfunctional relationships.

3 thoughts on “The Wounded Child Archetype

    • Thanks franz.
      The ‘wounded child’ often becomes the ‘wounded healer’ – and is highly empathetic, compassionate, intuitive and sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.

      It’s a challenge because it can be extremely stressful and painful until we learn the lessons – to take great care of ourselves first (heal yourself), remove toxins that cause extra stress and to remember that you can’t heal everyone <3

      • yes you are right I’m greatly fascinated by your post here .Thank you for the very inspiring words . the truth for now, my wall is still in ruins and I need to put them back again brick by brick but with friends like you I know I can stand again

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