Absorbed with Reading: A What I have been Reading Lately Post

My reading has led me to all sorts of directions, mostly away from my reading challenge and more into psychological/spiritual reading.  I was at the thick of reading Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage when my reading took a turn and led me to one book after another.  While I would love to review these books, I would have to do that some other time. Today, let me share what I have read and a few excerpts/quotes from each book.

  1. Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly

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“…the word vulnerability is derived from the Latin word vulnerare, meaning ‘to wound.’ The definition includes ‘capable of being wounded’ and ‘open to attack or damage.’ Merriam-Webster defines weakness as the inability to withstand attack or wounding. Just from a linguistic perspective, it’s clear that these are very different concepts, and in fact, one could argue that weakness often stems from a lack of vulnerability–when we don’t acknowledge how ans where we’re tender, we’re more at risk of being hurt.”

“If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging…Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us…true belonging only happens when we present our authentic , imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”

“Hope is a function of struggle.”

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Unconditional Love and the True Self

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If a person is able, during the long process, to experience the reality that he was never loved as a child for what he was but for his achievement,success, and good qualities…he will be very deeply shaken, but one day he will feel the desire to end these efforts. He will discover in himself a need to live according to his true self and no longer be forced to earn “love” that always leaves him empty handed…

-The Drama of the Gifted Child
By Alice Miller

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