Full Potential, Now! Episode 30 – Madeleine Black – Surviving Trauma

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Full Potential, Now! Episode 30 – Madeleine Black – Surviving Trauma

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In this episode of Full Potential, Now!, Ted chats with author and public speaker Madeleine Black. Join us as Ted and Madeleine discuss the challenge of surviving trauma. This episode covers some difficult topics, but you do not want to miss it!

Madeleine Black

About Madeleine Black:

The sharing of her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined and the invitations started to pour in. She recognizes that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years, but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.

She is married and lives in Glasgow with her husband, three daughters, her cat, Suki, and dog, Alfie.

For more about Madeleine Black, visit madeleineblack.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @madblack65

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Unbroken by Madeleine Black


This Week’s Ted Tool Resource


This time around, we’d like to recommend guest Madeleine Black’s TEDxGlasgow talk, which you can watch here.

We would also like to recommend Madeleine Black’s memoir Unbroken, available on Amazon.

About the memoir Unbroken:

“For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented …. Difficult to piece together.  It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand”

Violently gang raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.

Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.

Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all; leading a fulfilling and happy life.

For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key.  True forgiveness takes genuine effort.  It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm.  It is the ultimate act of courage.

In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers  that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.  We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.

Also available on Amazon.co.uk.


Produced by Ted Izydor and John Praw Kruse.
This episode features music by Pat Reinholz and John Praw Kruse.

About Ted Izydor - LPC, CSAC, ICS, MINT 62 Articles
Ted Izydor holds both a Master of Counseling Psychology and Master of Business Administration. With a distinguished 20-year clinical therapy background as a mental health and addiction counselor, Ted offers techniques, strategies and approaches that produce changes. As the founder of Full Potential Coaching and Consulting of Wisconsin, he devotes himself to sharing this knowledge and insight to people seeking more fulfilling, happier and healthier lives.

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