It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion

It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion Review

Shame is one of the most destructive of human emotions. If you suffered childhood physical or sexual abuse, you may experience such intense feelings of shame that it almost seems to define you as a person. In order to begin healing, it’s important for you to know that it wasn’t your fault. In this gentle guide, therapist and childhood abuse expert Beverly Engel presents a mindfulness and compassion-based therapeutic approach to help you overcome the debilitating shame that keeps you tied to the past. By following the step-by-step exercises in this book, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the root cause of your shame. And by cultivating compassion toward yourself, you will begin to heal and move past your painful experiences. Recent studies show that trauma survivors, particularly those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from abuse, can greatly benefit from incorporating elements of self-compassion into their treatment. Furthermore, the practice of self-compassion has been shown to decrease PTSD symptoms, including, self-criticism, thought suppression, and rumination. This book is based on the author’s powerful and effective Compassion Cure program. With this book, you will develop the skills needed to finally put a stop the crippling self-blame that keeps you from moving on and being happy. You’ll learn to focus on your strengths, your courage, and your extraordinary ability to survive. Most of all, you’ll learn to replace shame with its counter emotion—pride.

Title:It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion

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  • Shauna Durbin

    I am having a hard time reviewing this book because of the fact I have such mixed emotions about it. Engel's book brought to light a lot of issues I had been stuffing from childhood. It helped me to u...

  • L.A.

    I sincerely hope you never need to read a book like this, but if you do, or you're the collection developer in the Rs at your library, I would add this to your TBR/order list. It's a deceptively slim ...

  • Marian

    This is an excellent book, even speaking as someone who has practiced most of the techniques over the years, between therapy, teaching yoga, and mindfulness meditation.It helped me fill in an importan...

  • Paige P

    We are not born with shame, it happens to us. Shame is a deep feeling of being inadequate, not measuring up, or not being enough. It Wasn't Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abu...

  • Travel Writing

    Shame is the topic du jour in the self help circles lately. Beverly Engel's work on shame is so practical, so grounded and offers actual exercises to work with. That is one of the things I find so won...

  • Angie Westbrook

    I really loved this book. It helps you to understand how you feel and how to over come. This book has helped me. I hope it will help you know that you are not alone and there is help....

  • Khanos

    A necessary read for people who've faced abuse. It comes with trigger warnings too. ...

  • Kelly

    It Wasn't Your Fault by Beverly Engel, LMFTFreeing Yourself from Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion 2015Received digital copy from NetGalley for review.How shame affects victims of chil...

  • Nathan Albright

    It would be a lot easier to wholeheartedly recommend this book if the author had not felt it necessary to connect self-compassion with a focus on promoting aspects of Buddhism [1]. The Golden Rule tel...

  • Aly

    Honestly, this is a 3-Star book with 5-Star content. I bought this book after I came across an article she’d written that really hit home with me. It takes forever to start, as she spends what feels...