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Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change.

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Cassandra Brené Brown, PhD, is an American author, public speaker, researcher, and social worker. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers on these subjects.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageSuspicion often creates what it suspects.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageStay a verb—don’t become a noun.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOne of the deepest purposes of all art is to marry what is with what can be.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageAvoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run, but it will never make you less afraid.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with peace, happiness, and love.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageQuestioning ourselves for being ‘oversensitive’ is a common way that women, in particular, disqualify our legitimate anger and hurt. . . . The fact that some of us feel more vulnerable than others in a particular context does not mean we are weak or lesser in any way.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOur society doesn’t promote self-acceptance and it never will. First of all, self-acceptance doesn’t sell products. Capitalism would fall if we liked ourselves the way we are now. Also, people who feel shamed and inadequate themselves tend to pass it on.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageBirds born in a cage think flying is an illness.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMan often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’

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Self-Limiting Beliefs