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Embracing Shame

How to Stop Resisting Shame and Turn It into a Powerful Ally
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Shame is a universal emotion—and though we often think we’d be better off without it, shame serves an important purpose. Here two expert teachers explore the healthy expression of shame designed to protect us, help us change, and actually build our self-esteem in an invaluable guide for laypersons and therapists alike.

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Discover a proven pathway for transforming shame from a self-punishing emotion into a powerful ally for your health and happiness.

Why do we feel shame? Given how painful and destructive shame can be, it’s easy to see this emotion as an inner demon that turns our own mind against us. Yet shame is a universal emotion—and it serves an important purpose. “While toxic shame can keep us stuck in a self-defeating vortex,” say Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin, “there is a healthy expression of shame designed to protect us, help us change, and actually build our self-esteem.”

With Embracing Shame, these expert teachers share an invaluable guide to an emotion so volatile that most of us—including therapists—avoid talking about it. Here this husband and wife team, cofounders of the Center for Healing Shame, examine the dynamics of shame, the reasons it arises, why it causes such harm, and how we can heal its negative effects. Through case studies, creative tools, and body-based practices, they invite you to explore:
  • The purpose of shame—How it is meant to protect and guide us, and why it gets distorted into a self-sabotaging emotion
  • How shame disguises itself by “binding” to other emotions—and methods for disentangling these complex feelings
  • The ways shame forms in childhood, evolves as we grow, is impacted by trauma, and takes residence in the body
  • Practical guidance for regulating common shame-based challenges—including the inner critic, imposter syndrome, perfectionism, intimacy in relationships, and much more
While no amount of self-talk, personal success, or therapy can eradicate shame, we can transform shame into the supportive, health-promoting force it was meant to be. Created as a go-to resource for laypersons and healing professionals alike, Embracing Shame offers an achievable path for reclaiming the true potential of this vital emotion to help us grow, connect, and find a new confidence in the way we move through life.
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Contents Digital Audio (7 hours, 9 minutes)
Product Code AB06699W
ISBN Number 978-1-64963-112-1
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Bret Lyon

About Bret Lyon

Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP has devoted almost two decades of his life to healing shame. Along with his wife and colleague, Sheila Rubin, he is a founder and codirector of the Center for Healing Shame, and cocreator of the Healing Shame–Lyon/Rubin Method. Through their popular workshops, they have taught thousands of psychotherapists, coaches, and other helping professionals across the world how to more effectively identify and work with shame. Bret holds doctorates in both psychology and drama and has taught at Tufts University, Pomona College, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as writing and directing plays in regional theater and off-off Broadway. For more, visit healingshame.com.

Author photo © Lea Delson

Sheila Rubin

About Sheila Rubin

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT, has been researching shame since she was five years old. Along with her husband and colleague, Bret Lyon, she is a founder and codirector of the Center for Healing Shame, and cocreator of the Healing Shame–Lyon/Rubin Method. Through their popular workshops, they have taught thousands of psychotherapists, coaches, and other helping professionals across the world to more effectively identify and work with shame. Sheila is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Drama Therapist, and has taught at JFK University and CIIS, as well as being the eating disorder specialist at a hospital and directing Embodied Life Stories performances. For more, visit healingshame.com.

Author photo © Lea Delson

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Reviewed by Jennifer Kindera, CTRC-S, CHSP, TICC, C.
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I read and listened to this book, it was that good! I highly recommend learning about how to deal with the emotion of shame, how it impacts us in our daily lives and future-thinking. Whether you are new to the shame information or a clinician, this is a must!

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Masterful guidance on a challenging topic

I wish I had a book like this 10 years ago! It fills in blanks that really impacted my healing. And the stories make it very human. The reader did a great job - expressive and sensitive. Sheila and Bret have done a masterful job in providing the underlying neurology of shame and the concerted ways to mitigate and reverse shame.

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A must read and holiday gift list top choice.

What struck me most was the extreme kindness I felt as these authors delicately brought me into their world of knowledge, insight, and ultimately healing embrace while being with such a painful subject. I felt no resistance to doing the simple exercise prompts throughout the book giving me a feeling of being embraced by myself as well as from the solace of their kind words. Seriously, a must read and holiday gift list top choice.

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