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Healing the Shame That Binds You | [John Bradshaw]

Healing the Shame That Binds You

Healing the Shame That Binds You is the most enduring work of family relationship expert and New York Times best-selling author John Bradshaw. In it, he shows how unhealthy toxic shame, often learned young and maintained into adulthood, is the core component in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and drive to superachieve.
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Healing the Shame That Binds You is the most enduring work of family relationship expert and New York Times best-selling author John Bradshaw. In it, he shows how unhealthy toxic shame, often learned young and maintained into adulthood, is the core component in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and drive to superachieve. While positive shame empowers us and sustains the fabric of our social system, inappropriate or misdirected shame results in the breakdown of our self-esteem, the destruction of the family system, and an inability to move forward with our lives. In an honest and emotionally revealing style based largely on his personal experience with addiction and his decades as a counselor, John Bradshaw moves from the source and manifestation of toxic shame to the practical tools---affirmations, visualizations, inner voice and feeling work, guided meditations, and other healing techniques---that will release the shame that binds us to our past.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©1988 John Bradshaw, Renewed 2005 by John Bradshaw (P)2011 Tantor

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    Charles Wurts United States 01-08-13
    Charles Wurts United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Healing the Shame that Binds You again? Why?

    I am , it's difficult to follow everything so I'm listening to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Healing the Shame that Binds You?

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    Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

    It's not that type of book - this is a textbook really


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I am able to identify where I have carried shame in my own life.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this is pretty much a text book. Don't expect it to roll like the catcher in the rye. There are parts that won't apply to you but the parts that do may make it all worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Brown NYC, USA 12-31-13
    James Brown NYC, USA 12-31-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WITH PAST PAIN"

    If you have experienced tragedy, in any way in your life, THEN READING THIS BOOK IS A MUST. It opens your eyes to understanding what you went through, why you went through it, and how to not only survive it, but overcome it and prosper. Great Book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-18-11
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Healing the Shame that Binds You to be better than the print version?

    Yes ---held my attention----my mind tends to wonder when I read and I find myself rereading certain parts


    What did you like best about this story?

    the truth about shame --the toxic


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    Really like Pruden's presentation-----the manner the book was read helped me visualize so many of the concepts


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both....cry primarily ----I truly identified with the writings and work of James Bradshaw


    Any additional comments?

    Truly the book I have searched for years to answer my questions about why I and others responds to situations the way we do-----Thank you so much for this informative and interesting audio book! I listened whenever I had a spare moment---then listened to the audio book a second time.....

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MichaelÃâàÃâàCunninghamÃâàFayetteville 12-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Inner peace of the mind. "

    listen then evaluate the context without over processing you life.
    ....then listen again an again for your thoughts and move through the process of healing shame an embrace the intended purpose of your inner person.

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    "A blessing!"

    This book is life transforming. You have to be ready to hear it, and don't stop if it gets hard or confusing. Keep reading. It will all make sense one day.

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    Amazon Customer 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hope for toxic shame"

    This book is very knowledgeable and practical. Great help in healing my toxic shame. Thank you so much for writing this book.

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    Puerto Rico English Teacher San Juan, Puerto Rico 03-10-15
    Puerto Rico English Teacher San Juan, Puerto Rico 03-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I loved this book!"

    I am going to listen to this book again abd add more bookmarks. The information is very good and brings deep insight to the topic of " shame".

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    ANNA CILENTO NEW YORK, NY United States 10-18-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't even listen to this. The performance is so bad that I can't get through it. It's clear the reader has no idea what he's saying. He's just using standand subject, verb, object phrasing in each sentence. I really want to read this too... So I guess I'll be getting the print version.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Pruden’s performances?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ELLIOTTSBURG, PA, United States 10-01-11
    Lisa ELLIOTTSBURG, PA, United States 10-01-11 Member Since 2014

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    "a disappointment!"

    Unless you want to feel like your in church and you should have your hand slapped for taking an extra sip of wine..... not for you. If I wanted to go to church I would of bought a book about it. I didn't need a sermon! I just wanted some good insight.

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    Trent Topeka, KS, United States 02-18-13
    Trent Topeka, KS, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    Any additional comments?

    John Bradshaw does not seem to have a biblical view. I do not recommend this book to anyone who does.

    1 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    I really really enjoyed the book and found it helpful to understand my issues I was struggling with.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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