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The Brain Game: The Soul of Shame with Dr. Curt Thompson

As we begin our new series on the intersection of Christian faith and neuroscience, Dr. Curt Thompson, joins us. The stories we tell ourselves are often incomplete, incorrect, or clouded by shame. He reminds us we need to retell the stories we believe about ourselves using the framework of the Gospel and the new heaven and earth. He emphasizes the importance of being together in community and how belonging is the antidote to shame.

Dr. Thompson is a practicing psychiatrist who writes and teaches about how neuroscience can better help us understand how we function in the world. He also is a practicing Christian and explains how spiritual practices are in fact tapping into the brain in a way that helps us tell these more complete stories.

With humor and insight Curt Thompson reminds us that God doesn’t expect perfection from us, in our work, our relationships, and especially our parenting, but he does want us to be present and redemptive in our actions. Being together in life, fully known by others, allows us to experience a full life of love and hope.

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Connect with Dr. Thompson through his website

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Things mentioned on the show

Dr. Curt Thompson’s books:

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves

The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community

Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships

Curt’s podcast Being Known

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