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Daring Greatly de Brené Brown

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I´m talking about the betrayal of disengagement. Of not caring. Of letting the connection go. Of not being willing to devote time and effort to the relationship. The word betrayal evokes experiences of cheating, lying, breaking a confidence, failing to defend us to someone else who´s gossiping about us, and not choosing us over other people. These behaviors are certainly betrayals, but they´re not the only form of betrayal. If I had to choose the form of betrayal that emerged most frequently form my research and that was the most dangerous in terms of corroding the trust connection, I would say disengagement.
When the people we love or with whom we have a deep connection stop caring, stop paying attention, stop investing and stop fighting for the relationship, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in. Disengagement triggers shame and our greatest fears -the fears of being abandoned, unworthy, and unlovable.

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Shame is real pain. The importance of social acceptance and connection is reinforced by our brain chemistry, and the pain that results from social rejection and disconnection is real pain. (…) Neuroscience advances confirm what we´ve known all along: Emotions can hurt and cause pain. And just as we often struggle to define physical pain, describing emotional pain is difficult. Shame is particularly hard because it hates having words wrapped around it. It hates being spoken.

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Here´s the painful pattern that emerged from my research with men: We ask them to be vulnerable, we beg them to let us in, and we plead with them to tell us when they´re afraid, but the truth is that most women can´t stomach it. In those moments when real vulnerability happens in men, most of us recoil with fear and that fear manifests as everything from disappointment to disgust. And men are very smart.

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Sometimes we´re not even aware that we´re oversharing as armor. We can purge our vulnerability or our shame stories out of total desperation to be heard. We blurt out something that is causing us immense pain because we can´t bear the thought of holding it in for one more second. Our intentions may not be purging or blurting to armor ourselves or push others away, but that´s the exact outcome of our behaviors. Whether we´re on the purging end or the receiving end of this experience, self-compassion is critical. We have to give ourselves a break when we share too much too soon, and we have to practice self-kindness when we feel like we weren´t able to hold space for someone who hit us with the floodlight. Judgment exacerbates disconnection.
 

Braving the Wilderness de Brené Brown

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True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn´t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.

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Acting culture can be brutal. The notes can simply say, “Not attractive enough. Too old. Too dark-skinned. Not skinny enough.” They tell you to develop a thick skin so things don´t get to you. What they don´t tell you is that your thick skin will keep everything from getting out, too. Love, intimacy, vulnerability.

I don´t want that. Thick skin doesn´t work anymore. I want to be transparent and translucent. For that to work, I won´t own other people´s shortcomings and criticisms. I won´t put what you about me on my load.

Viola Davis

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Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don`t belong. You will always find it because you´ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people´s faces for evidence that you´re not enough. You will always find it because you´ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don´t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.

Rising Strong de Brené Brown

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“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we´ll ever do.” I still believe in this quote from two of my previous books-maybe now more than ever. But I know that it takes more than courage to own your story. We own our stories so we don´t spend our lives being defined by them or denying them. And while the journey is long and difficult at times, it is the path to living a more wholehearted life.

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Just because someone isn´t willing or able to love us, it doesn´t mean that we are unlovable.

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Setting boundaries means getting clear on what behaviors are okay and what´s not okay. Integrity is key to this commitment because it´s how we set thouse boundaries and ultimately hold ourselves and others accountable for respecting them. I tried to find an existing definition of integrity that reflected what I saw in the data, but I couldn´t. So here´s my definition:

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.

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Longing is not conscious wanting; it´s an involuntary yearning for wholeness, for understanding, for meaning, for the opportunity to regain or even simply touch what we´ve lost. Longing is a vital and important part of grief, yet many of us feel we need to keep our longings to ourselves for fear we will be misunderstood, perceived as engaging in magical or unrealistic thinking, or lacking in fortitude and resilience.

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Regret is what taught me that living outside of my values is not tenable for me. Regrets about not taking chances have made me braver. Regrets about shaming or blaming people I care about have made me more thoughtful. Sometimes the most uncomfortable learning is the most powerful.

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Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance. Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. You´re going to confuse, piss off, and terrify lots of people -including yourself. One minute you´ll pray that the transformation stops, and the next minute you´ll pray that it never ends. You´ll also wonder how you can feel so brave and so afraid at the same time. At least that´s how I feel most of the time… brave, afraid, and very, very alive.