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304: Reclaiming the Self: How a Kidnapping Exposed Deep Self-Abandonment with Jessica Buchanan

By July 11, 2023No Comments

Do you ever catch yourself doubting your own judgment? Or maybe hiding parts of who you truly are—your emotions, your beliefs, or ideas—just to blend into the crowd or keep the peace?

Most often, it begins in childhood. Maybe the adults in your life didn’t meet your needs very well so you felt unloved or insignificant. Or you grew up in an unpredictable or chaotic environment, so you learned to hide your true self to avoid conflict or pain.

So you learned to mute your feelings, disregard your needs, and question your self-worth.

Whatever it stemmed from, it’s a destructive pattern. And it’s a survival tactic that causes us to turn off one of our deepest powers.

So how do we reconnect with ourselves?

That’s what we’re talking about today.

Our guest is Jessica Buchanan. She is a teacher, NYT bestselling author, TEDx speaker, and kidnapping survivor. She was named one of the “150 Fearless Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek and speaks professionally about her kidnapping experience and rescue by SEAL Team VI for audiences all over the world.

We Will Learn

  • The difference between an option and a choice
  • How to recognize our own patterns of self-abandonment
  • How to safeguard your mind from fear and psychosis


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