Shame and Fear From Benne Brown



From the book: “I thought it was just about me” (but it isn’t)

“When I asked women to share examples of how they recovered from shame,

they described situations in which they were able to talk about their shame with someone who expressed empathy.

Women talked about the power of hearing someone say:

• “I understand—I’ve been there.”

• “That’s happened to me too.”

• “It’s OK, you’re normal.”

• “I understand what that’s like.”

Like shame itself, the stories of resilience shared a common core.

When it comes to shame resilience, empathy is at the center.”



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