“When I sat down to record this morning, I could only think of the many tragedies, caused by humans and by nature, that have been occurring for the last few weeks and months. I felt paralyzed. What did what I might have to say matter? Then I remembered a stranger’s kindness, and I smiled.”

Dr. Margaret tells the story of a perfect stranger’s kindness to her, and how it changed her life. She also includes George Saunders’ commencement speech from 2013, wherein he says his worst times have been due to kindness deficits.

SelfWork’s listener email for this episode is from a doctor whose intense shame is keeping her from talking openly with her therapist — she cannot put her shame into words, and Dr. Margaret shares how to work with that shame, by moving from a content orientation to a more prices-oriented one.

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My new book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions long hidden away that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

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