Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change

North Atlantic. Sept. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9781623172749. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781623172756. SELF-HELP
OrangeReviewStarAccording to mental health therapist and social justice activist Storm (cofounder, former executive director, Home Alive), most people don't have the tools they need to create and articulate effective boundaries, nor do they know how to enforce the boundaries they do set. Storm emphasizes the nature of boundary setting, particularly among vulnerable groups such as people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and women, defining along the way topics of power and privilege and the connections between individual and community safety. She further examines the fear behind and avoidance of communicating one's needs and then offers methods for establishing boundaries—"Naming the Behavior," "the Broken Record," "Freeze Framing," "the Reflective Loop," and "Trusting Intuition"—with everyone from family members and bosses to strangers at the bus stop.
VERDICT Highly recommended.
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