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John Bradshaw Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from John Bradshaw
  1. #1
    “Shame is the emotion which gives us permission to be human. Shame tells us of our limits. Shame keeps us in our human boundaries, letting us know we can and will make mistakes, and that we need help.”
  2. #2
    “Toxic shame also wears the face of grandiosity. Grandiosity is a disorder of the will. It can appear as narcissistic self-enlargement or wormlike helplessness. Each extreme refuses to be human. Each exaggerates: one is more than human; the other is less than human.”
  3. #3
    “This deep internalized shame gives rise to distorted thinking. The distorted thinking can be reduced to the belief that I’ll be okay if I drink, eat, have sex, get more money, work harder, etc.”
  4. #4
    “Toxic shame gives you a sense of worthlessness, a sense of failing and falling short as a human being. Toxic shame is a rupture of the self with the self.
  5. #5
    “Healthy shame is the psychological foundation of humility. It is the source of spirituality.”
  6. #6
    ″ The unconditional love and acceptance of self seems to be the hardest task for all humankind. Refusing to accept our ‘real selves’, we try to create more powerful false selves or give up and become less than human. ”
  1. #7
    “A toxically shamed person has an adversarial relationship with himself. Toxic shame — the shame that binds us — is the basis for both neurotic and character disordered syndromes of behavior.”
  2. #8
    “We are not material beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings who need an earthly journey to become fully spiritual.”
  3. #9
    “Total self-love and acceptance is the only foundation for happiness and the love of others.”
  4. #10
    “Neurotic shame is the root and fuel of all compulsive/addictive behaviors.”
  5. #11
    “What our healthy feeling of shame does is let us know that we are limited. It tells us that to be human is to be limited.”
  6. #12
    “We cannot heal what we cannot feel. So without recovery, our toxic shame gets carried for generations.”

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  1. #13
    “When one is abandoned, one is left alone. This can happen through physical absence as well as physical presence. In fact to be abandoned by someone who is physically present is much more crazymaking. ”
  2. #14
    “The chief component in the family as a system is the marriage. If the marriage is healthy and functional, the family will be healthy and functional. If the marriage is dysfunctional, then the family is dysfunctional.”
  3. #15
    “Families are as sick as their secrets. The secrets are what they are ashamed of. Family secrets can go back for generations. They can be about suicides, homicides, incest, abortions, addictions, public loss of face, financial
    disaster, etc. All the secrets get acted out. This is the power of toxic shame.”
  4. #16
    “Power is a cover-up for shame. Power is frequently hierarchical. Dad can yell at anyone. Mom can yell at anyone but Dad. The oldest can yell at anyone but Mom and Dad, etc. The youngest tortures the cat.”
  5. #17
    “An adult child can’t get enough because it’s really a child’s needs that are in question.”
  6. #18
    “Children have an amazing ability to perceive this need in the parent(s). A child seems to know it unconsciously. By taking on the role of supplying his shame-based parents narcissistic gratification, the child secures love and a sense of being needed and not abandoned.”
  7. #19
    “Good children are defined as meek, considerate, unselfish and perfectly law-abiding. Such rules allow no place for vitality, spontaneity, inner freedom, inner independence and critical judgment. These rules cause parents, even well-intentioned ones, to abandon their children. Such abandonment creates the toxic shame I’ve been describing.
  8. #20
    “Dysfunctional families are frozen in a trancelike state. The shame-core keeps the system frozen. Everyone is in
    hiding. The roles cover up each person’s true and authentic self. ”

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