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Book Club: Rising Strong, Chapter 6

rising strong chapter 6

Welcome to the comments and discussion of Chapter 6: Sewer Rats And Scofflaws of the book, Rising Strong by Brené Brown!  Catch up on Chapter 1: The Physics of Vulnerability Chapter 2: Civilization Stops at the WaterlineChapter 3: Owning Our Stories, Chapter 4: The Reckoning, and Chapter 5: The Rumble.

Let’s get started!  Chapter 6!


This chapter was a bit longer than some of the others but absolutely amazing.  I felt like I was sitting in a really supportive therapy session the whole time, listening to everything I needed to hear in exactly that moment.  In this chapter, Brené explores deeply the idea of whether we come from the assumption that everyone around us is trying their best, with the tools they have.  She talks about what this means about our wholeheartedness, about how willing we are to believe in our self-worth and be vulnerable.  She says, “I had discovered that the most compassionate people I interviewed also had the most well-defined and well-respected boundaries….I lived the opposite way:  I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries.  Boundaries are hard when you want to be liked and when you are a pleaser…”

Setting boundaries, respecting ourselves making it easier to respect others, and deciding what is ok and what is not….Brené lays it all out, and more.

Thanks for joining us for our Chapter 6: Sewer Rats And Scofflaws of Rising Strong!  Join in next Monday for Chapter 7: The Brave And Brokenhearted and in the meantime, learn more about the book club commentators!

If you’re just joining us, here are some logistics:

We will talk about a chapter each Monday until the book is done.  Then, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss.  Join in, in the comments every week!  At the end, we’ll have a book club discussion via video chat!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

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