Disgrace, shame, dishonor, embarrassment, guilt and humiliation are all emotions that we experience in this life, at one time or another. These emotions may all seem like they are expressing the same feeling, but they are different. Brene Brown, Ph. D., L.M.S.W. is a psychologist who wrote the book I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t). In this book she explains what shame is by definition and at what time people are prone to feel this way. Brown’s research mainly focused on shame and how it differs from other emotions, mainly with woman. The book clearly expresses Brown’s passion for bringing humans closer together, by bridging the gap shame puts in the relationships of people. The author uses herself as an example in the book a couple of times. The reader might appreciate this, in that the author is relatable. Brown is very clear and the book was very easy to understand. However the author takes a few sentences before getting to her point which the reader may find exasperating. Brown often writes about what she is going to unveil to the reader and then makes the reader wait in anticipation for a while.
I Thought It Was Just me (But It Isn’t) is a good read in that it is extremely thorough on the subject of shame. In writing this book the author was able to bring people closer and help them get past situations in which they felt shame. If an individual is looking for a book in which they can better their own understanding of what emotion it is, exactly, that they are experiencing in the different situations they encounter in this life, than I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) is a must-read. Brown’s research is in depth and she explains each emotion understandably.
Although I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) is a thorough book, the organization of the book is often repetitive. The author expresses certain views recurrently. The author may be repetitive in order to make sure the reader understands her main points. The reader may find...
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