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Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t should on yourself?” It refers to automatic negative thoughts like  I should do that…I should have already done that…I should be more like them.. For those of us familiar with these phrases, recognize them as forms of subtle aggression toward ourselves. That tape of self-judgment that plays in our minds actually does harm to our own being. Author, researcher and professor Brene Brown has made it her life’s work to help people not ‘should’ on themselves. In a series of podcasts based on her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are you may find some freedom and fresh space to let go of those ‘shoulds’ that can unconsciously hold us back. The series is called “Unlocking Us” and can be found on Spotify and via this link: https://brenebrown.com/unlockingus/.