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Notes & Citations

Because numerical citations were not an option during the production of this book, direct references are provided in "note" form. Citations here are organized by chapter; they include the handful of notes listed in the back of print editions of Find Your FuckYeahas well as additional citations we were unable to print due to limited space.

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Looking for the fully-cited source for something you found in the Notes & Citations Section? You'll find that here, with links, whenever available. This "Resources" Section contains an alphabetical list of the sources referred to during the research for Find Your FuckYeah.




The Brain Tangle

Up to 54% of our waking hours doing: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017).

Autopilot: Bargh, J. A., & Morsella, E. (2008). See Also: MacLean, Paul D. (1990).

Two more “brains,”: MacLean, Paul D. (1990). See Also: Dagleish, T. (2004 Jul). 

Paul MacLean...called the “reptilian” brain: MacLean, Paul D. (1990). 

Basal ganglia...limbic system: Lanciego, J. L., Luquin, N., & Obeso, J. A. (2012). 

“Nesting doll”...a metaphor: Kiverstein, J., & Miller, M. (2015). 

Actually, it’s more like 11 million things: Zimmerman, M. (1989).

Consciously...60 and 120 bits: Wu, T., Dufford, et. al. (2016). See Also: Levitin, D. J. (2015, Sept 23). 

Sigmund Freud...dark and twisty psyche: Phillips, A. (2014). 

5% of our lives within our conscious awareness: Mlodinow, L. (2012); p. 34. See also: Bargh, J.A. and Morsella, E. (2008). 

Blind spot in your vision: Armaly, M.F. (1969 Feb).  See also: Jonas, J.B., Gusek, G.C., Fernández, M.C. (1991 May 15).

Hold this book...cover your right eye with your free hand: Exploratorium Teacher Institute. (2018).

Vision is shaking violently, all the time: These movements are called “microsaccades.” Krauzlis, R.J. (2013). See also: Rosenbaum, D.A. (2010). 

Real experiment...with the same results: Warren, R.M. (1970, Jan 23). See Also: Warren R.M., Warren R.P. (1970 Dec). For an example of the type of audio used, interrupted with a cough, visit:

“Phantom words” experiment: Deutch, D. (Retrieved 2018, Sept 2). See also: Deutsch, Diana. (2003).

Experiment...Leonard Mlodinow: Mlodinow, L. (2012) pp 65-66. See also: Roediger, H. L. and McDermott, K. B. (1995 Jul). 

Memories are more like an editable PDF: Schacter, D. L., & Addis, D. R. (2007). See also: Schacter, D. L. et al., (2011).  andLoftus, E. (1980).

Police “known-innocents,” or “fillers”: Wells, G.L., Olsen, E.A. (2003). See also: Loftus, E. (1991). and Loftus E.F., Palmer J.C. (1996).

Memories...implanted...power of suggestion: Wade, K.A., Garry, M., Don Read, J. et al. (2002). See also: Garry, M. et al., (1996 Jun). and Loftus, E.F. (2005) and Mazzoni, G., Memon, A. (2003, Mar).

Frederic Bartlett: Bartlett, F.C. (1997). See also: Bartlett, F.C. (1932).

Split-brain patients: Shen, H. H. (2014). See also: Gazzaniga, M.S. (Dec 2014). And Gazzaniga, M.S. (1998, Jul 1). 

Even if those explanations aren’t true: Gazzaniga, M.S. (1998, Jul). See also: LeDoux, J. (1996). 

Sensory illusions: Henriques, G. (2013, May 1). See also: Seth, A. (2017). and Henriques, G. (2013, May 1).

“Somatic marker theory”: Damasio, A.R., Everitt, B.J., Bishop, D. (1996, Oct 29). See also: Damasio, A.R., Bechara, A. (2004 Jun). and Bechara, A., Damasio, A. (2005). 

The ideal way to compress a file: Pot, Justin. (2012 Oct 11).

Emotional color codes: Damasio, A.R. (2005). 

Beliefs in the same folder...I can and will act on this: Harris, S. et. al. (2009 Oct 1). See also: Beauregard, M. (2017 Mar). 

Thoughts...changing function and physical structure of the brain: Lumma, A., Valk, S. L., Böckler, A., Vrtička, P., & Singer, T. (2018). See also: Doidge, N. (2007). and Doidge, N. (2015).

Thoughts...heal stroke survivors, conquer learning disabilities, overcome mental disorders, and cure diseases: Doidge, N. (2007). See also: Doidge, N. (2015).


I'm Only as Free as my Last Paycheck

Each time the scale...All f*ckyeah, all the time: While the whole “work life balance” thing is popular knowledge, researchers have also studied what qualities make for meaningful work. See: Dik, B.J., Duffy, R.D., Steger, M.F. (2012). 

Before the Industrial Revolution...Machines changed: Bowles, S. and Gintis, H. (1976) pp 52-84. See also: Fromm, Erich. (1955). pp 76-170. 

Scrooge McDuck: I’m referring to a character on the animated TV show, Duck Tales, that aired from 1987-1990. I saw it as a kid in the late ‘90s though—must’ve been watching reruns! 

It’s on our worst days at the MF: Bowles, S. and Gintis, H. (1976). pp 54-72.

MF...come enjoy being told what to do: Godin, Seth. (2008). Pp 96-99. 

Linchpin), author Seth Godin: Godin, S. (2010). Pp 9-10. 

Amazon has, how do you compete?: Thompson, Sonia. (2017, Nov 6).


Someone Will Tell Me What I Need to Do

Civil War was over in the 1870s: Bowles, S. and Gintis, H. (1976). See also: Freire, P. (1996), pp 52-68. 

As President Woodrow Wilson put it: Wilson, W. (Jan 9, 1909).

Human DNA: Bruder, C. E. G., et al., (2008). See also: Gottlieb, S. (2002). 

According to experts: Stein, Joel. (2013 May 20). See also: Blake, Aaron. (2014, Aug 20). and Alton, Larry. (2017 Nov 22). 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...gets it: Adichie, C. N. (2009, July).


Unbrand Yourself


According to “Brand.” (n.d.)

Money is an abstract idea: Fromm, E. (1970). pp 103-111.


Cancel Your Subscription to Bullshit


Law of scarcity: Sahlins, M.D. (1972). See also: Samuelson, P.A. (1948).

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (2009). See also: Holt-Giménez, E. et al., (24 Jul 2012).

Lynne Twist...danger of having our needs unmet: Twist, Lynne. (2006); p. 47.

Clinical depression: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. (n.d.) 

Erich Fromm got it: Fromm, E. (1955). p. 179. 

“Reappraisal” and “emotional disclosure” via writing: Pennebaker, J., Chung, C.K. (Sept 2012). See also: Pennebaker, J.W. & Smyth, J. (2016). 

Inner Cynic to throw a tantrum: My terminology “Inner Cynic” is an amalgam of Julia Cameron’s term “Inner Censor” from The Artist’s Way—an amazing workbook on getting your creative mojo back, read it [Cameron, Julia. (1992).]—and “automatic thoughts,” terminology used in cognitive therapy to describe cynical images + thoughts that “pop up” in response to a trigger (any stimuli) without conscious involvement. 

Self-criticism is directly linked to and increases the risk of depression: Körner, A., et. al. (2015).

Self-compassion is: Körner, A., et. al. (2015). See also: Neff K.D., Vonk, R. (2009 Feb).

Self-compassion...breaks the link between self-criticism and depression symptoms: Zhang, H., et. al. (2017 Jan 1). 

Relaxation response (RR)...Dr. Herbert Benson: Benson, H., Beary, J.F., & Carol, M.P. (1974).  See also: Benson, Herbert and Klipper, Miriam Z. (2009).; Benson, H., Beary, J.F. & Carol, M.P. (20 Oct 2016)., and Chang, B.H., Dusek, J.A., Benson, H. (2011 Nov-Dec). 

“Gene expression”: O'Connor, C. M. & Adams, J. U. (2010).

Decrease gene expression...for inflammatory responses and stress pathways: Bhasin, M. K., et. al., (2103). See also: Dusek, J. A., et. al., (2008).

Trigger this positive chain reaction...focus on positive thoughts and words: Newberg, Andrew & Waldman, Mark Robert. (2013). See also: Benson, Herbert and Klipper, Miriam Z. (2009).; Fredrickson, B. L., et. al. (2008).; Newby-Clark I.R., et al.,. (2000 Sept).; and Longe, O. et al., (Jan 15, 2010).


Start Starting


What kind of problems do you want to solve?: I think I picked up this phrasing from a “Being Boss” podcast episode, hosted by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson—unfortunately, I can’t remember which episode, or in what context. Good job, memory. Jeeeezzz. Check out their podcast here: 

CreativeLive class...founder, Chase Jarvis: Unfortunately, that class is no longer live. But you should check out the platform anyway; they offer hundreds of classes (many of them free) in Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Craft & Maker, and Money & Life. See:

Dr. Stuart Brown, defines Play as: Brown, Stuart L. (2009).

Play...sign of intelligence and a form of learning...crucial part of brain development in children: Brown, Stuart L. (2009). See also: White, R. W. (1959).; Hedges, J. H., et. al. (2013).; Flanders, J. L., et. al. (2009). And Wang, S., Aamodt, S. (2012). 

Flow...psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. (2009). See also: Yoshida, K.,et. al. (2014 Jun 24). And Harris, D.J., Vine, S.J., Wilson, M.R. (2017). 

Calls these activities autotelic: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. (2009).

Csikszentmihalyi...interview high-level professionals: Nakamura, J. and Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). See also: Haidt, Jonathan. (2006) pp 223-226.

Discovered...vital engagement: Nakamura, J. and Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). 

In 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen: Elsevier Publishing Company. (1967). 

By 1928, Alexander Fleming: Fleming, A. (1929). See also: Eickhoff, T.C. (2008 Aug 10).

In 1939, Percy Spencer: Blitz, Matt. (2016 Feb 23).


Uncensor Your Intuition


Intuition: Giblin, C. E., Morewedge, C. K., & Norton, M. I. (2013). See also: Raab, M., Laborde, S. (2011 Mar).; Tanaka, K. (2018 Jun). and Lehrer, Jonah. (2012).

PFC and OFC...conscious and subconscious mind: Cardinal, R.N., Parkinson, J.A., Hall, J., Everitt, B.J. (2002 May). See also: Bechara, A., Damasio, H. and Damasio, A.R. (2000 Mar). and Ono, T., and Nishijo, H. (2008 Sept). 

OFC...choices of “relative emotional value”: Damasio, A.R., Everitt, B. J. and Bishop, D. (1996 Oct. 29). See also: Wallis J. D. (2007). 

Binocular rivalry: Jiang, Y. et al., (2006). 

Changing image to one eye and a static image to another: Tsuchiya, N., Koch, C. (2005 Aug). 

According to Brené Brown: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2013). Pp 24-25. 

According to Brown, shame is: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2013). P 68.

Feminine gender ‘norms’ as: Mahalik, J.R. et al., (Apr 2005). 

Masculine gender ‘norms’ as: Mahalik, J.R. et al., (Jan 2003). 

Shame...leads to depression, guilt does not: Zhu R. et al., (2017 Oct 17). 

Shame...correlated with violence, addiction, bullying, eating disorders, and aggression: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2012). 

Intrinsic goals: Isen, A.M., Reeve, J. (2006). See also: Marcinko, I. (2015). and Ryan, R.M., Deci, E.L. (200 Jan).

Three psychological needs: These are paraphrased from Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). I changed “competence” to “confidence” and “relatedness” to “connection” for the sake of clarity. 


Rebuild Your Reality


Manifestation is based on the “Law of Attraction,”: Mulford, Prentice. (1903). and Byrne, Rhonda. (2016 Oct). See also:

Study...Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Ohio: Yue, G and Cole, K. J. (1992 May). and Ranganathan, V.K., Siemionow, V., Liu, J.Z., Sahgal, V., Yue, G.H. (2004). 

Basketball experiment...Alan Richardson: Morrisett, L. N., (1967).

Study...Shelley Taylor and Lien Pham out of UCLA: Pham, L.B. & Taylor, S. (1999).

Brain that activates when you visualize: Stephan, K. M. et. al., (1995 Jan). and Pearson, J., Naselaris, T., Holmes, E. A., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2015).

Once Autopilot is involved...regularly checking: Berkman, E.T. (2018 Mar). See also: Jack, A.I., Boyatzis, R.E., Khawaja, M.S., Passarelli, A.M., Leckie, R.L. (2013). 

Unconscious monitoring process...Daniel Wegner: Winerman, L. (2011 Oct). See also: Wegner, Daniel. (1989).

Researchers from NYU: Bargh, J. A., et al., (2001). 

Subconscious ‘priming’...found as effective: Légal, J.B. , Chappé, J., Coiffard, V., Villard-Forest, A. (2011 Jun 16).

Subconscious priming...memorization: Bargh, J. A., et al., (2001). 

Subconscious priming...better cooperators and higher achievers: Bargh, J. A., et al., (2001). 

‘Rudeness’...unscrambled word-tests related to ‘politeness’: Bargh J.A., Chen, M., Burrows, L. (1996 Aug). 


Primed just as effectively with images: Ruch, S., Züst, M.A., Henke, K. (2016 Jan). 

Movie theater experiment: Karremans, J., Stroebe, W., Claus, J. (2006). 

Subliminal priming only works if you’re already motivated: Vicary J.M. (1955). See also: Cardinal R.N., Parkinson J.A., Hall J., Everitt B.J. (May 2002).

Writing...securing its place in both our short and long term memory: Pennebaker, J., Chung, C.K. (Sept 2012). See also: Frisch, Suzy. (2016 Aug 3). and Conway, M.A., Gathercole, S.E. (1990). 

Fantasizing about our success has: Steel, P., Svartdal, F., Thundiyil, T., & Brothen, T. (2018).

Visualize your goals...exponentially increase: Taylor, S. E., Pham, L. B., Rivkin, I. D., & Armor, D. A. (1998). 

Franklin flew a kite: Franklin, Benjamin. (1752 Oct 19). 

Tommy Edison...light bulb: Dyer, F.L., and Martin, T.C. (1910).

The word “transcendent” means:  I’m not kidding, I just did a basic Google search. 


Get Out of Your Own Way


Sang in Girls Tyme in 1993: See “Destiny's Child as Girls Tyme on Star Search.” (1993). 

Rebuild your work and life around practicing your strengths: There are WAY too many studies to cite here. If you’re curious, the VIA Institute of Character has an archive of hundreds on their website. See:

Seligman...Katherine Dahlsgaard and Chris Peterson: Dahlsgaard, K., Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2005). See also: Haidt, Jonathan. (2006). pp 166-168. 

VIA Character Strengths Survey: VIA Institute on Character. (n.d.) 

Research identifies 24 strengths nested under six “virtues”: Peterson, C.F., Seligman, M.E.P. (2004). See also: Dahlsgaard, K., Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2005). and McGrath, R. E. (2017).

Overuse or underuse of one’s strengths can cause: Freidlin, P., Littman-Ovadia, H., & Niemiec, R. M. (2017). See also: Niemiec Psy.D., R.M. (2014 Aug 18). And Grant, A. M., & Schwartz, B. (2011). 

Underuse creates “a dormant or mindless state of languishing: Freidlin, P., Littman-Ovadia, H., & Niemiec, R. M. (2017). 

Practice their strengths have higher: Duan, W., & Bu, H. (2017).; Dubreuil, P. et. al. (2016).; Harzer C., Mubashar T., & Dubreuil P. (2017).; and Kashdan, T.B., et. al. (2017). 

“Refusing to tolerate obstacles”: Dalio, Ray. (2017).

Evolve, Go Around, or Recruit Others: Though I’ve been practicing this strategy for most of my career, I don’t think I could have expressed it this succinctly if I hadn’t read Ray Dalio’s fantastic book, Principles. See: Dalio, Ray. (2017). 


Real Self-Care


Love, fear, guilt...coloring our memories: Kropotov, J.D. (May 3, 2016).

“Happiness” run by four by three: Sinek, Simon. (2014); Pp 39-34. See also: Graeff, F.G., (Apr 1994). 

Autopilot Brain translates thoughts into emotions: Dalgleish, T. (2004 Jul). See also: Moulton, S. T., & Kosslyn, S. M. (2009). and Kiverstein, J. and Miller, M. (2015 May 6).

Thoughts...create your emotions: Burns, D.D. (1999) pp 28-29. See also: Cardinal R.N., et. al. (2002 May). 

Thought patterns that are diverse, flexible: Cohn, M. A., et. al., (2009). See also: Tugade, M. M., Fredrickson, B. L., & Barrett, L. F. (2004).; Fredrickson, B. L. (1998).; Tugade, M. M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2004).

Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson: Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). 

Focus on the positive...undo...side effects: Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000). See also: Fredrickson, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (1998). and Newby-Clark I.R., et al.,. (2000 Sept).

Possible to learn optimism: Seligman, M. E.P. (2011). 

Physical pleasure has more in common with negmotions: Fredrickson, B. L. (2009) pp 28-29. 

“The Top 10 Posimotions to Look Out For” List: This list is my interpretation of Dr. Fredrickson's research, see: Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). See also: Fredrickson, B. L. (2009) pp 29-34. 

Gratitude in writing...higher in measurements of well-being: Emmons, R.A., McCullough, M.E.(Feb 2003).; Froh, J.J., Sefick, W.J., Emmons, R.A. (2008 Apr).; Wood, A.M., Froh, J.J., Geraghty, A.W. (2010 Nov).

Fake laughter from real laughter: Bryant, G.A. et. Al. (2018 Jul 25). See also: Bryant, G.A. et. Al.(2014 Jul).

This negative spiral starts:  Burns, D.D. (1999) p 80. 

Researchers used to think: Fredrickson, B. L. (2009) p 16.

Upward spiral: Garland, E. L., et. al. (2010). See also: Fredrickson, B. L., & Joiner, T. (2002). 

Positive thoughts and words...can trigger the RR: Dusek, J. A., et. al. (2008). See also: Benson, H., Klipper, M. Z. (2009).

Cortisol response in tiny doses: Holmes, E.A., and Mathews, (2010 Apr). 

Emotional tone of whatever your last mental movie was: Watkins, E., Moberly, N. J., & Moulds, M. L. (2008).  See also: Moulton, S. T., Kosslyn, S. M. (2009).

Lost in Translation List: This list is my interpretation of Dr. Burns research on cognitive distortions, see: Burns, D.D. (1999). pp. 58-66.

 “Cognitive distortions” or “cognitive illusions”: Burns, D. D. (1999) pp. 31-41. See also: CBT’s Cognitive Restructuring (CR) For Tackling Cognitive Distortions. (2018 Feb 12). 

Negative emotions...thinking something negative and choosing to believe it:  Burns, D. D. (1999). p 46. See also: Seligman, M. E.P. (2011).

“Reappraisal”: Ochsner, K. N., & Gross, J. J. (2008). See also: Garland, E., Gaylord, S., & Park, J. (2009).; Wallace-Hadrill, S. M. A., & Kamboj, S. K. (2016).; and Williams, L. E., Bargh, J. A., Nocera, C. C., & Gray, J. R. (2009). 

The positive side effects of reappraisal: See also: Troy, A. S. et al., (2010).; Garland, E.L., Gaylord, S.A., Fredrickson, B.L. (2011 Feb 5).; Garland, E., Gaylord, S., & Park, J. (2009).

Third person self-talk: Moser, J. S. et al., (2017). See also: Wallace-Hadrill, S. M. A., & Kamboj, S. K. (2016).

CBT strategy called “cognitive defusion”: Larsson, A., et. al. (2015 Dec 18). See also: Deacon, PhD B.J., et. al. (2011). and Masuda, A.,Feinstein, A. B.,Wendell, J. W., Sheehan, S. T., (2010).

Psychologists recommend this strategy: McIsaac H.K., and Eich, E. (2004 Apr). See also: Larsson, A., et. al. (2015 Dec 18).

Yes, this is like 90% of what meditation is: Farb, N.A.S., et. al. (2007). 

Mindfulness improves:  Bueno, V. F., et. al. (2015).; Brown, K. W., Ryan, R. M. (2003).; Brown, K. W., et. al. (2016).; Ding, X., Tang, Y.-Y., Tang, R., & Posner, M. I. (2014).; Garland, E., Gaylord, S., & Park, J. (2009).; Loucks, E. B., et al., (2016). Lutz, A., et. al. (2008).; O’Reilly, G. A., et. al. (2014).; Zeidan, F. (Jun 2010). 

Mindfulness reduces: Abbott, R.A., et. al. (2014 May).; Deyo ,M., Wilson, K.A., Ong, J., Koopman, C. (Sept-Oct 2009); Donald, J. N., et al., (2016).;  Goldin, P., Ramel, W., & Gross, J. (2009).; Gómez, A.F. (2017 Dec).; Hofmann, S.G., Hölzel, B. K., et. al. (2011).; Khoury, B., et. al. (2013 Aug).; Laneri, D., et. al. (2015). Loucks, E. B., et al., (2015).; Lutz, A., et. al. (2008).; Taren, A.A., et. al. (2015).; Vago, D. R., & Zeidan, F. (2016). 

Any meditation technique...will elicit the body’s RR: Benson, H., Beary, J.F., & Carol, M.P. (1974).

Zooming in and zooming out: Vago, D. R., & Zeidan, F. (2016). 

The RR: Benson, H. (1983) pp 113-114.; Benson, H., Beary, J.F., & Carol, M.P. (1974).; Benson, H., Klipper, M. Z. (2009).; Chang, B.H., Dusek, J.A., Benson, H. (2011 Nov-Dec).


Life on Purpose


Lao Tzu, got it: Tzu, L. (2007) p 11. 

We are incapable of multitasking: Schutten, D., Stokes, K. A., & Arnell, K. M. (2017). See also: Sanbonmatsu, D. M., Strayer, D. L., Medeiros-Ward, N., & Watson, J. M. (2013). Soojung-Kim Pang, Alex. (2013). pp 30-43. See also: American Psychological Association. (2006 Mar 20).

According to Dr. Daniel Levitin: Levitin, D.J. (2015) p 6, 42.

Your PFC...‘novelty bias.’:  Levitin, D.J. (2014) pp 170-171. 

Two filters: urgent and important: Levitin, D.J. (2015) p 10.

Within an hour of going to sleep: Deloitte. (2017). 

Phones between 86 and 150 times per day: Deloitte. (2017). See also: Kleiner Perkins. (2013). and Winnick, Michael. (2016 Jun 16). 

40% of our productive time per day switch-tasking: Iqbal, S.T., Horvitz, E. (2007 Apr 28). See also: MacKay, Jory. (2018 May 10).

Interrupted an average of four times per hour: Mark, Gloria. (n.d.) 

Leaving us overwhelmed and anxious: Pattison, Kermit. (2008 Jul 28).

Media multitask can’t pay attention: Eyal Ophir, E., Nass, C., Wagner, A.D. (2009 Sept). See also: Gorlick, Adam. (2009 Aug 24). 

Autopilot opinionated, but nonverbal: Dagleish, T. (2004 Jul). and Kiverstein, J., & Miller, M. (2015).

Implementation intentions: Schweiger, G.I., Gollwitzer, P.M. (2007 Feb). See also: Brandstätter, V., Lengfelder, A., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2001). and Simões, P., Vasconcelos-Raposo, J., Silva, A., & Fernandes, H. M. (2012). 

Add links to an existing chain: Graybiel, A.M. (1998 Jul-Sep). 

Habits are...Cue >> Routine >> Reward: Duhigg, Charles. (2012 Feb 28). See also: Graybiel A.M. (2008).


Pick the Pyros


Three options in each line that follows: Levitin, D.J. (2014) p 144.

We assume people behave the way they do: This is also called the “correspondence bias.” See: Gilbert, D.T., Malone, P.S. (1995).

More compassionate a person is: This was referenced in a companion audio track to Chapter 7 of Brown’s book, Daring Greatly; unfortunately, the audio is no longer available (to the best of my knowledge.) Her research on compassion and boundaries can be found here: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2013). and Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2010).

Someone else’s “best” won’t meet our expressed needs: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2015). See also: Brown PhD, LMSW, Brené. (2013 Sept).

As Maya Angelou famously said: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. (2014 May 19).

How you distance yourself from a toxic relationship: The National Domestic Violence Hotline is free and available 24/7; call 1-800-799-7233. Or, chat with an expert and get help on their website:



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