Children’s Unmet Needs

Unmet needs are internalized, unconsciously developing core misbeliefs in the following areas:

Lack of Physical Needs/Safety may lead to feelings of:

  • I’m worthless
  • Unimportant
  • Unlovable
  • Not Safe
  • World is a scary place

Lack of Affection may lead to feelings of:

  • I can’t be as close as I need to be
  • I’m unlovable
  • I’m bad
  • I’m flawed
  • I don’t have the right to be here or exist

Lack of Attention may lead to feelings of:

  • There’s something wrong with me
  • I’m bad
  • I’m worthless
  • My needs are not important
  • I don’t count

Lack of Acceptance may lead to feelings of:

  • I’m less than
  • I’m inadequate
  • I’m a mistake
  • It’s not okay to explore who I am

Lack of Mentoring/Teaching may lead to feelings of:

  • I’m a bother
  • It’s not okay to think about my feelings and feel about my thinking
  • It’s not okay to be powerful
  • I can’t make decisions

Based on these misbeliefs, we make decisions in our life that keep us stuck.  We behave in ways that do not serve us other than to keep us safe.



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