16. Dr. Harriet Lerner Part 1: Shame, Anger and Rejection

“The only way to avoid rejection is to sit mute in a corner and not take any risks.” ~ Dr. Harriet Lerner

Harriet LernerI LOVE this woman! Dr. Harriet Lerner is the author of the New York Times bestseller (over 3 million copies sold!), Dance of Anger. She’s also had a tremendous influence on my life… I’ve read every one of her books, but Dance of Anger is the one that put me on a path, so long ago; it’s path that has forced me to step up and live my life with integrity.

Dr. Lerner’s book was given to me when I was in the midst of a divorce so many years ago and I believe that it was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Dr. Lerner, a clinical psychologist, says “anger is a signal, and one worth listening to.”

harriet lerner Also in this episode we talk about:  

  • How Dance of Anger was rejected for five years before it was published.
  • How even the smallest acts of courage are so important.
  • How it takes some serious gutsiness to stand up to shame.
  • Dr. Lerner’s advice for women who do too much.
  • Be sure to check out Part 2 of my interview with Dr. Lerner.

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