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Emancipate Your Mind: 089: Combatting Learned Voicelessness

Do you ever find yourself wanting to speak up, to change something about your life for the better, but find the words getting stuck in your throat?

Do you ever notice yourself ignoring parts of yourself to make other people comfortable in an attempt to preserve a relationship?

This episode focuses on some of the reasons we may have learned to silence our voice and some questions we can ask ourselves to begin to feel confident speaking up.



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