John Bradshaw has been called “America’s leading personal growth expert”and “one of the most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th Century.” The author of six New York Times bestsellers, Bradshaw On: The Family, Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming, Creating Love, Family Secrets, and Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do The Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason, John’s books have sold over four million copies in North America. He created and hosted four nationally broadcast PBS television series based on his best-selling books. John pioneered the concept of the “inner child” and brought the term “dysfunctional family” into the mainstream. He has touched and changed millions of lives through his books, television series, and his lectures and workshops all over the world.
We were very grateful to have years of personal contact and training with John. It was with deep sadness that we learned the news of John Bradshaw’s passing in May, 2016. For his New York Times obituary, please click here.
John lived everything he wrote about. Born in Houston, Texas, into a troubled family, abandoned by his alcoholic father, he became a high academic achiever who was also an out-of-control teenager. He completed his education in Canada, where he studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood, earning three degrees from the University of Toronto.
During his lifetime (1933-2016), he worked as a counselor, theologian, management consultant, and public speaker, becoming one of the primary figures in the contemporary self-help movement. He combined his exceptional skills as counselor, author, theologian, and public speaker over four decades to become a world-renowned figure in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems, and the concept of toxic shame.
For more information about John’s background, go to his website.
For a lovely 10 minute video, Bradshaw on Bradshaw – Remembering John please click here.
To view John’s Homecoming PBS series on youtube, please click here.
To view John talking about healing the shame that binds you, please click here.
To watch Dr. Ruth and John discuss self-esteem, please click here.
John Bradshaw’s Books, CDs, and DVDs
Go to John Bradshaw’s website to purchase his books, cds, and dvds or see a catalog.
John Bradshaw’s books and tapes are also available for purchase at Amazon.com. Click here to view what products are available.
Articles of Interest About John Bradshaw
John Bradshaw: A Teacher for Our Times Written by our Center’s Co-Director, Jason Saffer, this is an inspiring personal reflection on John’s effect on millions of people and his influence as an agent of consciousness change world-wide.