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I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame - Brené Brown
I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
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An affirming, revealing examination of the painful effects of shame—with new, powerful strategies that promise to transform a woman’s abilitiy to love, parent, work, and build relationships. Shame manifests itself in many ways. Addiction, perfectionism, fear and blame are just a few of the ... show more
An affirming, revealing examination of the painful effects of shame—with new, powerful strategies that promise to transform a woman’s abilitiy to love, parent, work, and build relationships. Shame manifests itself in many ways. Addiction, perfectionism, fear and blame are just a few of the outward signs that Dr. Brené Brown discovered in her 6-year study of shame’s effects on women. While shame is generally thought of as an emotion sequestered in the shadows of our psyches, I Thought It Was Just Me demonstrates the ways in which it is actually present in the most mundane and visible aspects of our lives—from our mental and physical health and body image to our relationships with our partners, our kids, our friends, our money, and our work. After talking to hundreds of women and therapists, Dr. Brown is able to illuminate the myriad shaming influences that dominate our culture and explain why we are all vulnerable to shame. We live in a culture that tells us we must reject our bodies, reject our authentic stories, and ultimately reject our true selves in order to fit in and be accepted. Outlining an empowering new approach that dispels judgment and awakens us to the genuine acceptance of ourselves and others, I Thought It Was Just Me begins a crucial new dialogue of hope. Through potent personal narratives and examples from real women, Brown identifies and explains four key elements that allow women to transform their shame into courage, compassion and connection. Shame is a dark and sad place in which to live a life, keeping us from connecting fully to our loved ones and being the women we were meant to be. But learning how to understand shame’s influence and move through it toward full acceptance of ourselves and others takes away much of shame’s power to harm. It’s not just you, you’re not alone, and if you fight the daily battle of feeling like you are—somehow—just not "enough," you owe it to yourself to read this book and discover your infinite possibilities as a human being.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781592402632 (1592402631)
ASIN: 1592402631
Publisher: Gotham
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 I Thought It Was Just Me
Though the content of this book speaks directly to and about women, shame is universal and that point is made repeatedly. There is even a section at the end that describes where she was at with shame research on men at the time of the writing for this and what prompted her to begin it. That's one of...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
Love it!Though the content of this book speaks directly to and about women, shame is universal and that point is made repeatedly. There is even a section at the end that describes where she was at with shame research on men at the time of the writing for this and what prompted her to begin it. That'...
Something to Ponder
Something to Ponder rated it
3.0 I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
The name of the book was a bit misleading. There was more focus on "shame" than reclaiming power and courage. The content was much the same as other books the author wrote. It wasn't a bad read; but I am looking for more from the author than "shame" view points or focus.
Boxes of Paper
Boxes of Paper rated it
4.0 I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"
In her talk at TED2012, Dr. Brown describes her reaction to her first TED Talk (at TEDxHouston) and the video going viral with over 4 million views.  At one point in her story, a friend teasingly accuses her of being "the worst vulnerability role model ever".  But in truth, the fact that Dr. Brown i...
Hellen
Hellen rated it
4.0 Kvinnor och skam: hur vi kan förändra vårt sätt att leva
This book left quite a big impression on me. Why is it so hard to change certain things? Why do I still get insecure about my body even though I know so well what influence the ideal body image has on me and where it comes from? Why do I still do all these things even though I think they're silly? W...
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