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Women & Shame: Reaching Out, Speaking Truths and Building Connection Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: 3C Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975425234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975425237
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is a member of the research faculty at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She is a well-respected teacher, researcher, public speaker and workshop leader on women's issues.

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Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Brené's 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.

Brené's newest book is, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). She is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), and Connections (2009); a shame-resilience curriculum being facilitated by helping professionals across the globe.

Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.

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117 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Whoa Nellie on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was looking to buy Brene Brown's book "Women and Shame"....and was astonished at the price of it! Everywhere I looked it was $98 and up. I finally went on Ms. Brown's website, and contacted her publishing manager. I asked if the book was no longer in print, and was that why the cost was so high? Here is her response:

"Thanks for your email. The book "Women & Shame" was revised and updated and it is now titled-- "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)". It is available on Amazon and at some stores. You might also like to watch(her video talk on TED on vulnerability). [...]
There are many of her talks up on YouTube and you can also visit her website for more information [...]."

So please, don't pay this crazy fee of $98+. The book you're looking for is only $9.10! I hope I save someone else from making the mistake I almost made! And I highly recommend checking her video out on TED. It's really fantastic, and is the reason I started looking for her books in the first place. The video makes you think she's on to a concept that could truly change the world! I'm looking forward to reading the revised version of "Women and Shame", now titled, "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)". I'll post a review when I read it. :)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
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I just finished reading this book and could not put it down! It is a powerful book about how shame contrains women and what to do about it. The book is based on impressive research, interviews with hundreds of women, who shared their experiences with the author. Dr. Brown shares her personal stories along with her research and it makes for a captivating read. There are wonderful illustrations that make the text come alive. The book covers many topics where women experience the most shame, such as sex, parenting, and appearance. And best of all, the book gives us specific steps to take to develop "shame resilience," like learning to speak the language of shame, to develop skills to resist cultural messages of shame, and to learn to share our shame stories with trusted other friends to diminish the impact of shame. I laughed, I cried. Highly recommended!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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I'll have to admit that when my sister gave me this book and asked me to read it right away, I was a little hesitant. But she told me that she had heard the author speak at a seminar and assured me that I would appreciate it.
Boy was she right. This book is amazing! The author very candidly lays out the things that we have all experienced, but that NOBODY ever talks about. The book makes you realize that EVERYBODY has these same type feelings, no matter how young or old, how rich or poor, whatever race, etc. There are tons of examples straight out of interviews that really helped me understand that shame is a universal thing. (And I thought it was pretty courageous that the author also shared several of her personal experiences.) But beyond just pointing that out, the book goes on to outline skills you can use to process these feelings. This book has really given me a fresh perspective on many of those awkward situations I experienced growing up, and sometimes still struggle with today.
I can't wait to give this book to my daughters and my best friend so that we can all discuss this stuff openly for a change.
C.S.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2004
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This book has provided me with a new context to consider the power of shame in my own life and in the lives of my therapy clients. Dr. Brown illuminates the impact of shame in the lives of the women she researched and honors their diverse struggles, journeys, and strengths. She makes this often overlooked and usually painful topic accessible by weaving her own insights and struggles in with the poignant stories of the women she studied and the result is an authentic, moving, and powerful read. She also shows the healing power of laughter and humor in the presence of this heavy topic. This book drives home the need for empathy and connection as the tools for transcending shame in women's lives and actually shows us how this can be done by sharing our stories with other women. Thank you, Dr. Brown for giving me this amazing gift for my personal and professional life!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan on December 12, 2004
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Shame can be a very powerful and painful topic to explore. I think the book does an excellent job of helping us understand why it makes us feel so alone. We are inundated with messages about the importance of being liked, being accepted and being perfect. Sometimes we know that we have turned a part of ourselves over to those messages, but sometimes we don't really understand why we feel so inferior. This book helps us understand this phenomenon. More importantly, it helps us understand what we can do about it. As I read this book I thought about my sons as much as I thought about my daughter. I thought about all of the messages that teach him what "a man is."

I think the book is well written and the research is well done. I appreciate the author's numerous references to the Stone Center at Wellesley. I think their work tackles many of the same issues addressed by Brown. Brown also references Harriet Lerner, Jean Kilbourne and the research team of Tangney and Dearing. Based on the author's suggestions, I tracked down several of these books and found them to be very informative. Kilbourne's work on the media is excellent.

If I could change one thing about the content, I wish it included Brown's work on men. Based on the lecture I attended, she seems to believe that men and women are more alike than they are different. I also think it might be helpful to have an index. I found myself wanting to go back to certain sections and having to flip through the book to find them. Last, it might be helpful to include the academic references as an appendix in the book. I was interested in the research so I downloaded them from the author's website, but I only knew about that because I attended her lecture.
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