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John Bradshaw
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications; Rev Ed edition (31 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757303234
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book! 18 Nov 2010
This book shows us how many family and social and relationship problems have their roots in our childhood experiences. I found it amazing and it made so much sense. Great for anyone with personal problems, family problems, friend problems, work problems, society problems or even just to understand how others end up in bad situations. If I were Minister of education I would put this book on the High School social and Civil Studies Curriculum.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended. 19 Jun 2003
By A Customer
This is the most helpful book I have ever read.

I'm an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and abandonment. Although I had made a lot of progress through counselling, self-help and other reading over the years, it wasn't until I read this book that I came to understand a lot more about myself.

I've read other books that seemed to stop short of providing much in the way of useful help after identifying a problem. John Bradshaw covers all this, providing real solutions that, for me, are starting to change my life and repair damage that I hadn't realised was still there.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, probing study of toxic shame 10 Aug 1996
By A Customer
John Bradshaw has written a thorough, concise guide to victims who suffer from toxic shame, in order to help them identify the shame they are feeling and then to alleviate and eliminate that shame. An all-intrusive emotion, toxic shame can devastate a life, destroy marriages, and leave the suffering victim alone and confused. Bradshaw has drawn a road map for these victims to help themselves find the way out of the endless cycle of shame and guilt that surrounds their lives every single day.
Since he is also a victim of childhood abuse, Bradshaw has a keen insight into the haunting terrors of being ashamed of your family because of alcoholism, drug dependence, sexual abuse...he covers it all.
This book is a must-read for the adult who has been raised in a traumatic setting. Healing the Shame that Binds You is a life-line to victims, and can be the first step on the road to recovery from toxic shame and other psychological problems brought on by dysfunctional family situations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 6 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book in no uncertain terms has changed my life. I must admit the title was a little off-putting, but after sincere recommendation by a counsellor, I gave it a chance and I am truly thankful I did. I realised that I have been trying so hard my whole life to not be myself and in doing so I was slowly becoming less certain, less confident and much less fulfilled. This book has opened up a new way of thinking for me and is slowly teaching me to love myself for who I am not who I think I should be. I recommend this to anyone who feels like there's something their missing in their life but can never put their finger on it. But this comes with a slight warning that it could turn your life on it's head!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars shame about second part 13 Jan 2013
By ali
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the first half of this book very helpful. It gave explanations for why experiences have had such negative effects on my life.
However, I have got to the part where God suddenly becomes part of the process of repair. I stopped reading!
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For All Those Living In the Shadow of Shame... 27 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Many suffer from the damaging effects of Toxic Shame. A little-explored subject, it causes one to feel defective from the core of one's being. The roots of shame come from abuse and dysfunctionality in the family and early socialization in school. People then tend to measure their worth against external standards and feedback and when it is negative or lacking, can feel a devasting loss of self. Whether perpetrated on an overt or covert level, the damaging effects can last a lifetime, leading people into mental illness, addiction, and crippling disfunctionality.
Bradshaw gives a diagnostic and thereapeutic vocabulary to those who desperately need it. Some people are shamed by the same people over and over again (ie: spouses and family) and need the tools with which to cope. Based on the twelve-step paradigm, Bradshaw shows us how to recognize the signs of toxic shame and how to (with the help of a therapist and/or healing community) eventually overcome it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in hidden cycles of shame 8 Dec 2008
By Anna
This is an excellent book. For those of us who acknowledge we want to go forward, life is 'not quite working' but we're not exactly sure why or how. This is a tool in our tool box which, upon application of the principles laid out in the book, could prove to be a very significant one.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame is a lonely place 5 Sep 2000
By janetah
Before reading this book, I was unaware what a big influence shame has on all aspects of life - if we were consistently shamed in childhood, the effects can be devastating. John Bradshaw explains just why shame is such a powerful force and what we can do about it. If you were shamed, you probably think you are alone. Read this book and discover that you are not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical advice
Useful practical activities included that readers can have a go at to heal their shame, as well as all the explanations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars so enlightening
This book is wonderful. It explains so many family connections and hidden dynamics. We are all in there somewhere and have something to learn from reading it.
Published 4 months ago by Liz H
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This book is for anyone, it goes into what causes toxic shame, how it effects your life and how you can work towards freeing yourself from these toxic chains! Read more
Published 8 months ago by cherryjogging
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of my journey
I have yet to read this book, advised to read 'The Family' first in order ot make sense of things but people's recovery journey library is to be of their choosing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gemma Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars recejved
It's on my bookshelf and I'll be getting around to it as soon as possible, butI'm glad I have it and that I received it at such good value. Many Thanks
Published 9 months ago by Patrick J O'Dwyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Excellent explanation of how shame affects people (also unconsciously), and how to deal with it. This book should be in all psychology degree programs.
Published 11 months ago by Helen Fagerholm
5.0 out of 5 stars healing the shame that binds you
A very good book. I am a therapist and find this book very useful to use with my client work. Personally I have also found it very useful.
Published 12 months ago by L. J. Papworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
For someone experiencing their toxic shame for the first time this book was not always easy reading: thoughts, feeling, beliefs I'd held all my life were there on the page; a state... Read more
Published 13 months ago by markj
5.0 out of 5 stars SHAME
This Book explains how we all of us carry shame to some degree, even if we think none is there!
The Book explains how we may need to look a little closer. Read more
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of the most powerful books in this field that I have read. A must for anyone on a journey of Self discovery and healing
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Yapp
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