I had not one but two people recommend Rising Strong to me while I was going through what basically amounted to my own personal hell. I took that as a sign and read it.
Really, I’m not much for self-help books. I’m also not much for the idea of “therapy,” but that’s turned out to be life-altering for me, so meh, what could it hurt, right? I went in with a huge dose of skepticism, a big chip on my shoulder, and one finger on the return button.
And then I devoured it. I know, and have known for a long time, that fear of vulnerability is a weakness of mine. I hadn’t really connected it with shame, though, and reading Rising Strong blew the doors off a lot of things for me. It seemed to dovetail in with several things I was digging into in therapy, and it actually helped me to sort through a lot of my emotions and motivations more quickly. I’m not much for acronyms or notebook work, but simply being aware of my own STUFF changed my ability to think differently about a lot of things. It takes time and effort, but it can happen.
“…how often we all try to solve problems by doing more of what’s not working—just doing it harder, grinding it out longer. We’ll do anything to avoid the lowest of the low—self-examination.”
Anyway. I needed exactly this book, exactly now. So thanks to the friends who recommended it, and to Brene Brown for addressing vulnerability and shame so beautifully. I kind of feel like everyone should read it, eventually. 4.5 stars.