In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Melanie Harth of MelanieHarth.com. Melanie joins me to share her story of how she is now able to live, love and work from happiness after growing up feeling unsafe and unsure of her place in this world.
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Melanie experienced sexual abuse growing up as she was a target of sexual predators. She was also incested by her grandfather.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Melanie grew up feeling unsafe and unprotected by the adults in her life. She also wasn't sure of who she really was. She had no sense of self or self-worth. She was very self-critical and has struggled with perfectionism and being a people-pleaser. She also struggled with alcoholism for a period of time.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Getting sober was Melanie's first step toward recovery. She then began practicing meditation and mindfulness. Going back to school to study psychology and develop a better understanding of herself and how the mind works has also helped her get to where she is today.
What Melanie does today:
Melanie hosts the "Living From Happiness" radio show and podcast. She also blogs on her website and coaches clients.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Melanie's Answer: Be kind and gentle to yourself.
MelanieHarth.com - Melanie's website
Living From Happiness - Melanie's weekly radio show and podcast
Resources - resources page on Melanie's website where you can find links to books and videos mentioned
Tiny Buddha - Melanie's guest post on Tiny Buddha
HumanMetrics.com - where you can take a personality test
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