The Power Of Shame with Robert Bly

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In this discussion Bly talks of four sources of shame, including shame inherited from parents, grandparents, ancestors, and shame over our bodily and creative instincts. He opens with a Russian fairy story of the Frog Princess and the shame we feel over our interior “Frog Bride.” The discussion includes thoughts on Americans and shame. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Robert Bly (1926-2021), Poet, translator and teacher. Bly was the author of many books, including:

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Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 7/12/1989         Program Number: 2140