Author: Brene Brown, Ph.D.

Description: Shame holds us back from having genuine connection with people. It lurks in the corners of our bedrooms, our parenting styles, our marriages and friendships, and the way we see our bodies. The more we keep it silent, the more it will grow and fester. And here’s the dirty little secret – none of us are immune.

Favorite Chapter: Chapter 2: Shame Resilience and the Power of Empathy because I understood, probably for the first time, what a powerful role empathy plays in all of our lives. Empathy can be learned, as a skill set, to achieve great connection with loved ones.

Best Take-away: If we do not understand, name and challenge our shame AND if we do not find one or more people to respond in empathy, we will forever be anchored to the dysfunction in our lives.

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