by Sylvie Imelda Shene with Ed Sweet —
This book will teach you that emotional autonomy is within reach.
Shene puts the revolutionary insights of Swiss psychologist Alice Miller into action in this remarkable tale of perseverance and courage that is as much a page-turning memoir as it is a valuable self-improvement guide.
By sharing her life with complete candor — episodes include an international kidnapping, two suicide attempts, abuse from a therapist, and an 18-year stint as a topless dancer — Shene proves how devastating the compulsion to repeat childhood behaviors can be.
Miller wrote that the roots of violence are based in childhood traumas; Shene shows us how this violence can be self-directed.
Shene is definitely a survivor, but it is not until she confronts the feelings of the little girl trapped inside that she becomes truly liberated.
The book shows people how to break free from emotional prisons. At the end of each chapter, she asks questions designed to help readers unveil layers of unconscious neglect, addictions and self-betrayals.
What Shene writes about her life after freeing herself is equally compelling. If we could do even half the work she has done, the world would be a better place.
$19.99 — sylvieshene.com
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 1, February/March 2015.