In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Woody Haiken of Wounded Child Coaching. Woody joins me to share his story of growing up bullied at school and abused at home and how he's been able to overcome negative self-beliefs and feelings of worthlessness.
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Woody grew up abused by his father and bullied at school. Part of the abuse at home was because he was getting bullied at school. He also had Asperger's syndrome but no one knew about it at the time.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
It was difficult to separate out the effects of the abuse from the effects of the Asperger's, but Woody had trouble staying employed, trouble relating to his peers, and he didn't feel worthy of anything. He also ended up in abusive relationships as an adult.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
One thing Woody did was model himself after a TV character to learn how to appear normal. His mother acknowledging the abuse also helped him. Other things that helped him include writing about it, listening to motivational speakers and reading personal development books, and meeting his current wife.
What Woody does today:
Woody is a life coach for adult survivors of child abuse and childhood bullying.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Woody's Answer: Believe in yourself and know that it wasn't your fault.
WoundedChildCoaching.com - Woody's website
Facebook - Woody's Facebook page
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