Mike Bassett was fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family and was fortunate enough to know his birth mom. But every young child takes things personally and Mike thought his mom's actions reflected on him and his behaviors, creating childhood trauma. It's that childhood trauma, that hurt inner child which creates that self-negative talk. That self-negative talk and bad thoughts are what can destroy a person. Mike knew that it was up to him to work on healing that inner child so he can live his best life and not pass down his inner child wounds to someone else.