Healing the Shame That Binds You

ISBN-10: 0757303234
ISBN-13: 9780757303234
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
Authors: John Bradshaw
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

This classic book, written 17 years ago but still selling more than 13,000 copies every year, has been completely updated and expanded by the author. "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 superachieve 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.

John Elliot Bradshaw was born in Houston, Texas on June 29, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in sacred theology and a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He taught at the University of St. Thomas for a year. In 1964, just days before he was to be ordained, he left the Basilian Order. He eventually checked himself into an alcohol-treatment program at a state hospital in Austin. On being released, he returned to Houston and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily for the next three years. He soon began teaching adult Sunday school classes at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and working with addicts in the church's drug-abuse program. He also appeared on local television as the host of a talk show entitled Spotlight and found himself in demand as a lecturer on family psychology. In the early 1980s, he did a television series on the psychologist Erik Erikson's eight stages of man, which was broadcast on PBS. He also created a 10-part series entitled Bradshaw On: The Family, which also aired on PBS. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Bradshaw On: The Family, Bradshaw On: Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, Family Secrets: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, and Post-Romantic Stress Disorder: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over. Many of his books were turned into PBS specials. He died of heart failure on May 8, 2016 at the age of 82.

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the Original Edition
The Problem-Spiritual Bankruptcy
Introduction: Shame as Demonic (The Internalization Process)
The Healthy Faces of Shame (HDL Shame)
The Toxically Destructive Faces of Shame (LDL Shame)
The Major Sources of Toxic Shame
The Hiding Places of Toxic Shame
The Solution-The Recovery and Uncovery Process A Parable: The Prisoner in the Dark Cave
Introduction: The Externalization Process
Coming Out of Hiding and Isolation
Twelve Steps for Transforming Toxic Shame into Healthy Shame
Liberating Your Wounded Inner Child and Redoing Toxic Shame Scenes
Integrating Your Disowned Parts
Confronting and Changing Your Toxic Inner Voices
Choosing to Love and Forgive Yourself for Your Mistakes
Dealing with Toxic Shame in Relationships
Spiritual Awakening-The Discovery Process
Introduction: Healthy Shame as the Source and Guardian of Spirituality
Spirituality and Sexuality
Shame as Revelatory and Revolutionary: Discovering Your Spiritual Destiny
Seven Major Spiritual Blessings That Come from Developing Healthy Shame
Epilogue
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