Art Journal Therapy Activity # 90 - Resolving Childhood Emotional Needs

Collage by Shelley Klammer
Collage by Shelley Klammer

This journal directive will be helpful if you feel angry and frustrated about your outer life circumstances. This journal exercise will support you to discover if your discontent is from unattended emotional needs that originated in the past.




- Journal and a pen




Childhood Emotional Needs


Often, without even realizing it, we wish and even demand that other people meet the emotional needs that were not met in our childhood.


Anger often hides the truth that we have an emotional need that we want other people to satisfy. Anger may show up as direct attack, passive aggression, withdrawal, complaining or excessive emotional suffering as a way to try and gain control. But as long as we try to change an outside situation to satisfy an inner need, we will remain eternally frustrated...