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Family Secrets: The Path to Self-Acceptance and Reunion [Paperback]

John E. Bradshaw
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Book Description

May 1996
What you don't know can hurt you—
but it can also lead to self-acceptance and healing.

Family Secrets gives you the tools you need to understand your family—and yourself—in an entirely new way.

In his bestselling books and compelling PBS specials, John Bradshaw has transformed our understanding of how we are shaped by our families. Now join him on this fascinating journey of discovery, which starts with your life today and takes you back through the conflicts, the strengths, and the weaknesses of your parents’ generation—and even your grandparents’. Using a powerful technique for exploring your “family tree,” you’ll trace the visible and invisible patterns that have influenced you. You’ll learn about family secrets that are healthy and necessary, and also about the secrets that can limit your wholeness and freedom—even if you don’t know they exist.

This work is sometimes painful, but it is always enlightening—filled with the kind of “aha” moments and realizations that make everything fall into place. With John Bradshaw’s guidance, you will come to a new appreciation and acceptance of yourself. You will also be able to build more open, honest, and loving relationships with the people who matter most.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553374982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374988
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Kefkat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Family secrets- the path to self exceptance and reunion and family secrets- what you don't know can hurt you are essentially the same book with a different title as I found out when I bought both.
They are ecceptionally excellent books to work with for those of us in recovery from liufe issues and will blow your mind appropriately with the information contained and how to relate it to yourself. In my seventh year of recovery my mentor pointed me towards this book and I read it flat in 3 days and then re read it again doing the work set out in it along aside my mentor. It completely opened my eyes to things that I was tied to without realizing and how the sins of the forefathers are past down through the generations. It is a book that to read you must have linkage with a support network to deal together as the journey this book takes you is factual, obvious when it is explained as it is and a one size fits all personal journey for the individual. It totally changed my emotional recovery and more me to knew freedom and understandings I wouldn't have been able to see with out it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book can change your life, your family and your death 20 Aug 2003
By Carole A. Fielder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when the subtitle was "What you don't know can hurt you." Bradshaw and others have finally done research to prove his thesis that generations repeat patterns, events, behaviors--not just personality types and genetic diseases. Reluctantly I had to agree because my observations, although unscientific, confirm what he explains.
Understanding Bradshaw's book altered my life and the abbreviated life of my brother, as indicated in the book "Gossip Kills (The 9th/8th? Commandment). The story therein is a case study of what Bradshaw posits in Family Secrets. A "must read" for anyone who understands or suspects that we're only as sick as our secrets.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insghtful and powerful 16 July 2006
By Tim Josling - Published on Amazon.com
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Family Secrets provides powerful tools for understanding the dynamics of families, and understanding how you may have become unknowingly enmeshed in patterns that can persist for generations.

The most valuable parts of the book are the techniques for uncovering family secrets, and the method for bringing all the information together in such a way that it makes sense. These techniques are practical and really work. I made several major discoveries about families I am involved with as a result of this book.

Bradshaw includes many new insights about how families work throughout the book.

Overall, highly recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous healing power 11 May 2010
By JaneAustenLuvr - Published on Amazon.com
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It's so hard to get family members to truthfully and completely reveal buried secrets even when you specifically ask them for answers to the past. People who live in shame of the past will try to dismiss your inquiry as "that's in the past" and "get over it". As a person trying to learn about or cope with a secret, you will discover the truth behind a secret at a different time from when the secret was created. Asking someone to revisit and share the past is asking them to relive the shame. Not everyone has the courage to confess or face a secret. But this book helps you heal by understanding the shame behind burying secrets and how to get the information out of them...and out of yourself. It's helpful to see the chart in Chapter 10 outlining secret severity levels, which discusses the types of secrets that should be exposed and ones that are safe to remain personal/unexposed. I also like his book entitled, Healing the Shame that Binds You, but this book about Family Secrets is an easier read.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dee Lundgren, licensed professional counselor 13 Nov 2010
By dee lundgren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I agree with the premise that our family secrets have a direct bearing on who we are today as people. I am not sure it is necessary to go back and try to figure out what the actual secret was to heal. It has been my experience that trying to figure your parents out may be a task in futility. Clients can become fixated on why their parents did what they did and this can again put their healing in the hands of their parents. It is however important to recognize that children often do select mates that attempt to met those unmet needs of our childhood. Often our mates have the exact issues that we need to work out with our parents. It is brought out in the book that we choose what is familiar and therefore choose poorly if we have unresolved issues from our past. The book does a good job of helping the reader to understand the power of family secrets.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work again by John Bradshaw 26 Aug 2001
By Jeanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best works that I have ever read. Honest, with clear direction on what steps to take to improve the state of your life. Highly recommend!
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