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Nancy Verrier is a psychotherapist, author, lecturer and adoptive parent. She is perhaps best known for work in the areas of adoption and adoption reform, and has published two widely regarded books concerning the psychopathology of adoption. They are 'The Primal Wound' (1993), subtitled 'Understanding the Adopted Child', and 'Coming Home to Self'. Jump to: navigation, search Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. ...

The core premise of the 'Primal Wound' theory is that a child separated from its mother at the beginning of life, when still in the primal relationship to her, experiences what she calls the primal wound. This wound, occurring before the child has begun to separate his own identity from that of the mother, is experienced not only as a loss of the mother, but as a loss of the Self, that core-being of oneself which is the center of goodness and wholeness. The child may be left with a sense that part of oneself has disappeared, a feeling of incompleteness, a lack of wholeness. In addition to the genealogical sense of being cut off from one's roots, this incompleteness is often experience in a physical sense of bodily incompleteness, a hurt from something missing.

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