About the Author
John Bradshaw (1933-2016) has been called “America’s leading personal growth expert.” The author of five New York Times bestsellers, Bradshaw On: The Family, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, and Family Secrets. He created and hosted four nationally broadcast PBS television series based on his best-selling books. John pioneered the concept of the “Inner Child” and brought the term “dysfunctional family” into the mainstream. He has touched and changed millions of lives through his books, television series, and his lectures and workshops around the country. During his career he worked as a counselor, theologian, management consultant, and public speaker, becoming one of the primary figures in the contemporary self-help movement.
Healing The Shame That Binds You
Expanded and Updated Edition
Author: John Bradshaw
“I used to drink,” writes John Bradshaw, “to solve the problems caused by drinking. The more I drank to relieve my shame-based loneliness and hurt, the more I felt ashamed.”
Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction and drive to super achieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.
- This is not just a recovery book. Among other things, it is a classic book on identifying and working through unresolved family issues.
- Includes affirmations, visualizations, inner voice and feeling exercises.
- Strong supporting studies make this a popular book with counselors and other professionals.
- Completely updated and revised
Shame is the heartbeat of addiction.
Shame is a healthy emotion, but for addicts shame is an emotion that festers. It destroys our ability to love, to find happiness, to be spontaneous and it reinforces feelings of self-loathing and unworthiness.
In recovery, we learn to admit our defects and make amends, to identify the trauma and pain we have experienced and which we have caused.
In Bradshaw’s groundbreaking book we learn how to rid ourselves of toxic shame and to experience shame as a healthy emotion, essential to our recovery. Healthy shame reinforces our sense of self and worthiness, allowing us to acknowledge and defend our boundaries, to feel happiness and pleasure in a life of sobriety.
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