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When exploring feelings like anger, blame, fear, depression, anxiety then this is a dialogue with the wounded self. When exploring feelings like sorrow, sadness, loneliness, what brings peace and joy, then this is a dialogue with the core self.
When dialoguing our inner child, in case of the arising of any kind of feeling, we won't have to react addictively or compulsively anymore. Instead, the inner child can be understood in its needs, rather than grabing a quick fix, which is what the wounded self always does.
Of course our inner child wants love. Only when we are loving to ourself can the emptiness and aloneness be filled. Instead of masking this emptiness and aloneness with addictions, we now address them with loving kindness and we listen to what they say. When we heal our aloneness, because we become loving to ourself, then we can also solve our loneliness.
The point is to develop a loving adult and decide we want to be responsible for our feelings. Eventually our core self and wounded self will open up to us more and more.