This week’s ‘Pause for Reflection’ is brought to you by the word “Introjection”. In listening to so many stories — those of my clients and those of my podcast guests — one theme is recurrent: the families and circumstances we grow up in shape who we are and how we perceive the world. When there is a history of trauma, we can all too easily develop a sense of self-defined by our wounds. In today’s musings, I invite you to use the concept of “introjection” to shift the lens a bit. I invite you to notice how the child you once were showed a unique intelligence, creativity, and yes, brilliance in adapting. I encourage you to use this growing awareness to care for yourself as an adult with greater self-compassion and unconditional love. You are not just what happened to you — you are so much more.