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Susan Cowden, MS

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't)

By February 28, 2012

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Gotham Books | Cover Art by Nicholas Wilton

I recently ran across the body of work by researcher, lecturer and writer Brené Brown completely by accident.  A therapist friend of mine posted a link to her TED talk (on the topic of vulnerability) on Facebook and I almost immediately ordered both of her books.

As a therapist, shame is an emotion that comes up a lot but that there seems to be very little written about - or at least written in a way that is helpful for my clients.  It is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with, and as Brown notes in her work, is universal.  Unfortunately, shame prevents us from connecting with one another and in turn simply builds on itself.  In her book I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Telling The Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power, Brown presents a Shame Resilience Model that she has developed after interviewing hundreds of women about their experiences with shame.

This book is potentially life-changing and while it is written for all women it would certainly be helpful to those who are suffering from an eating disorder.

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