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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; First Edition edition (15 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157062383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570623837
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 1999
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I love this book! It's one of the best books I've ever read. For me it's in the same category as Fromm's Art of Loving and Buber's I and Thou--that is a book that makes such an impression that you don't forget it for decades. Soul Without Shame is well written, deeply thought provoking, and practical. I found myself making use of ideas from the book before I finished reading it. The exercises and practices at the end of each chapter are very worthwhile. Chapter 8 (Engaging the Judge) and Chapter 12 (Why Judge?)were chapters that resonated for me. I strongly recommend this book to people who are interested in becoming more aware of their own thought patterns and for those trying to quiet the inner critic so they can express their creativity.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1999
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Brown does a superb job of illustrating the different levels of "attack" our "inner critic" performs on us daily. Very easy to read and to follow its concepts. Great examples and excercises to apply concepts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Augustine on 23 Aug. 2010
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This brilliant book explores the negative side of judgement or attack (self and other) through the qualities of the soul's energetic aliveness and natural instinctual vitality: awareness, acceptance, personal will, strength, joy and curiosity, compassion, spaciousness, value, peace, truth and prescence. By the time the chapter 'Why Judge?' is reached you are in a much more informed place to understand why you are not living a fully, joyous and peaceful life, especially if you have ever over-dosed on "Treble D" - feeling Diminished, Devalued and Deficient!!

Byron is a senior student of A. H. Almaas, the founder of the Diamond approach to self-understanding, that integrates the teachings and practices of spiritual philosophies with modern depth psychology. For example, revealed in the slightly mystical style of writing are similarities to the parent-child axis in Transactional Analysis - named here the 'Judgment Loop'. This is where there can be a switch between making and receiving an attack even in the same interaction, so that if one person assumes the victim role it can subconsciously draw the other into 'engagement' as the attacker.

A major soul message is that the judge is always moving you either away from something (badness) or toward something (the ideal); it is never content with your being where you are, in stillness, truth and a mystical presence. Fully presented is a careful and thorough explanation about why we attack ourselves: by living out our parents' desires - for fear of threat of losing them - we incorporated their standards as appropriate for effective functioning which are now found to be non-relevant for compassionate self-evaluation as an adult.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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Personally and as a mental health therapist this is one of the most effective presentations I have read with regard to recognizing, confronting, and changing unhelpful and ineffective intra- and interpersonal patterns. If one is 'ready, ' for a personally fulfilling joruney, this text will serve as a welcome guidepost. Thanks Byron Brown.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 1999
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Byron Brown captures every feeling I've felt in the past 3 years and addresses it simply by not determining it as good or bad but just the way it is. You can choose to continue to try to conform or you can realize that you have, along with your inner judge, the capacity to step out of bounds and make a singular decision from your soul, if you can find your soul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Daniel Miller on 2 Mar. 2005
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This book is one of the most liberating you'll ever read. Honestly. It helps you get rid of the perennial judgements that pervade our daily lives (unnecessarily). As Almaas says, every time you successfully defend against the superego, you release a bit more of the Red essence (Strength) which liberates your energies and allows you to function better in the World. Buy this book!!!! Should be recommended reading on the syllabus for the university of life...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Rose on 30 Dec. 2011
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Given the excellent review ratings for this book, I had high hopes. Alas, I found myself agreeing with minty's review (25 Nov 2003). I'm familiar with much of the content in the book, either through self-development or from other sources, but that in itself isn't necessarily a problem. What I did find difficult was that the style of writing just didn't 'gel' with me. The best way I can elaborate is that in contrast I found the John Bradshaw books much easier to read, more useful, and for me those books resulted in life-changing experiences. (I only mention them because they appear as having been bought by people who bought Soul Without Shame, at the time of writing this review.)

To be fair, if I recall correctly, the author does point out that this isn't a book for light reading. However, like minty's review, I question whether this was truly because of the subject matter, or whether it was because of the writing style. Certainly, in some parts, it seemed to be the latter.

Aside from the above, in the edition of the book I have, which seems to be the first edition, 1999, I was surprised and distracted by the frequency of missing spaces between full stops and the beginnings of subsequent sentences. I realise that there are occasions when font spacing can make it appear as if there is no space when in fact there is, but that aside, it was clear in a number of cases that this was a common error, and one that I found distracting. (Sidenote: I don't go looking for such things, but am known for having sharp attention to detail, so these things tend to leap out at me.)

I'm glad others have found this book helpful, but it wasn't for me.
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