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This week, we want to talk about betrayal and whether we should carry the burden of giving second chances.
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One of the most amazing things about being a podcaster and a host is having the opportunity to sit down and interview remarkable people with extraordinary stories. Wendy and I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have reached out to us because they found our show and want to share their stories with our listeners.
So we decided to take this opportunity and introduce a few changes to the format and bring our content to a new platform. With the conclusion of Season 2 of the “Don’t Tell my Grandma” podcast, we took the time to rework some things and refine our workflow, so we don’t lose our minds on the endless stream of content and the process of content creation.
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Trust and Betrayal
Now, the reason I bring this first is not purely to promote our stuff. Although we have been working really hard to make it the best it can be and bring it to you guys. Nevertheless, we are excited to share with you our conversation with Dr. Debi Silber. She is a holistic psychologist, health, mindset, personal development expert with 2 TEDex appearances, several books, and numerous other achievements under her belt.
Her latest book, Trust Again: Overcoming Betrayal and Regaining Health, Confidence, and Happiness, has been such an interesting read so far. I honestly have never considered the topic of betrayal to offer enough groundwork for proper academic study, but boy was I wrong.
Not only is she writing about the subject and bringing awareness about the impact of betrayal in interpersonal relationships, but she is leading the PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute. She is at the forefront of betrayal research, helping people heal from Post Betrayal Syndrome, which impacts their work, health, and relationships.
So far, her personal story has been very captivating and touching. With her willingness to look beyond the pain of victimization from betrayal and ignore her entitlement to revenge or retribution, she has partaken a remarkable journey of forgiveness for her victimizer and herself.
Personally, I am a firm believer that people can change, and we all deserve second chances. I have made reprimandable mistakes in the past and have hurt others unintentionally. I am not perfect and never have claimed to be. However, I had always owned my mistakes, learned my lesson, and went out of my way to apologize when it was possible.
I am yet to face a crisis, as Dr. Debi has. And I hope I never have to. Nevertheless, as I go through the pages and try to put myself in her shoes, I wonder, are we entitled to revenge or retribution if we believe that all humans deserve second chances?
To be honest, I don’t know. Even though I have been both victim and victimizer, I believe it is a very personal choice. I will be writing about it in a future full-length post, and of course, you can learn more once we release our conversation with Dr. Debi in a few weeks.
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