Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women

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Black girls are lovely, clever, and succesful – however largely they embrace robust. Esteemed scientific psychologist Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler praises the energy of ladies whereas exploring how trauma and adversity have led to deep emotional ache and formed how they stroll by the world.

Black girls’s energy is intimately tied to their unacknowledged struggling. An estimated eight in 10 have endured some type of trauma – sexual abuse, home abuse, poverty, childhood abandonment, sufferer/witness to violence, and common confrontation with racism and sexism. No one Is aware of the Hassle I’ve Seen reveals that trauma typically impacts psychological and bodily well-being. It may well contribute to emphasize, anxiousness, PTSD, and melancholy. Unaddressed it will probably result in hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart illness, overeating, alcohol and drug abuse, and different power well being points.

Dr. Burnett-Zeigler explains that the robust Black lady picture doesn’t bear in mind the urgency of Black girls’s wants, which have to be recognized so as to lead ample lives. It interferes together with her relationships and skill to operate everyday. By means of mindfulness and compassionate self-care, the psychologist presents strategies for establishing genuine energy from the within out.

This informative information to therapeutic is life-changing, exhibiting Black girls tips on how to prioritize the self and discover on a regular basis joys in self-worth, in addition to uncover the fullness and wonder inside each her energy and vulnerability.

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  1. Nenny

    I was a child bride, then abandoned for a rapist to manhandle. I had twins the most painful journey and birth. Then I got disabled and not I single person, govt agency or friend is there 😭 I are loosing our home because mom can’t work. Your book took my pain from my lips 😭😭I have been treated like no one sees me. Thank you for seeing and hearing all of us. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🕊️Thank you for having the guts to tell our story. PTSD is real and it is killing us. Sadly mine is more. Thank you so much ❤️🙏🏼🤜🏾

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  2. Rachel Zeigler

    WOW…talk about helpful and insightful read. THIS book is the ultimate self-help book for black women. This book touches on the most intimate parts of being a black woman. The hard shell we been taught since children to have as black women, many of us being taught that self-sacrifice is the ultimate form of love. Being raised by a strong black to be a strong black woman mean to carry the world on our shoulders and always say yes while sacrificing our own needs, wills, desires, bodies and sanity. I am enjoying this book and I am only on chapter 6. Reading each chapter is like attending therapy and I can feel the growth. This book offers you tools to do the self-work and to analyze your traits in order to shed light on our hurts to heal and move forward. highly recommend to ANY woman who has struggled to put herself first!

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  3. R.JohnsonR.Johnson

    “We’ve come to believe that suffering is just a part of life and living-Black women’s living. For us, a life without suffering is an unfamiliar indulgence.” This resonated so strongly with me. When I look at all the women in my family, we just go on. Do the work and go on… even if we feel like breaking down sometimes. In many ways, I admire that strength and other hand, I recognize the damage that can do. Dr. Burnett-Ziegler takes you on a journey to healing that begins with acknowledging some hard truths. That path to healing… to being “free” is waiting for you. “Nobody Knows..” can help you take that first step. Bravo Dr. Burnett! I’ve already gifted this book to several friends.

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  4. Darlene Washington

    I could see some of myself in the action of some of the women. Things that I never thought about. How Dr. Burnett-Ziegler brought her own family history in this. A wonderful book to look at again. Congratulations to you. Ordering books for others in my life.

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  5. Jade

    I’m so happy I found this book! It has helped me so much ❤️

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  6. Barbara R.

    Fantastic book. A must read for all working in a helping profession. Thanks for this informative book.

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  7. Heidi

    I keep this book forever, rereading all my highlighted words

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  8. Zykenia

    I’m not finished reading this book yet but before I even started reading the first chapter I started getting emotional this book is for the black girls that grew up too strong

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  9. Kindle Customer

    I have read a number of self help books, I have listened to friends and I am now studying to be a therapisr; I picked up this book and said: I know all this stuff! But I wasn’t living like I knew it. I needed to be reminded! I was a!ways giving of myself but this book reminded me to take it in and get refills for myself. This book is for the beginner and the veterans of “the troubles I’ve seen.” A really smart read! A great book club read for women.

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  10. Rachel YoungRachel Young

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     Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women is a MUST read.This book, shares the emotional stories of black women and caused me to reflect on my own life and community of strong black women.While reading I learned about many traumatic experiences that black women face, coping strategies to deal with trauma, and about the huge impact that family, friends, society, & culture all play in the framework of your life, beliefs, self-awareness & perception. Whether experiences be “good” or “bad” they leave us with a multitude of emotions that we are left to manage, often times not knowing how.I love the way Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler provided practical ways and resources to cope with trauma. I highly recommend this book for your book club and for every black woman within your reach, village & sphere of influence.Be well.

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  11. LillieLillie

    Highly suggested read. This book does not get enough credit. I love how she mention some critical points within the black community and especially black women throughout the book and what we have to deal with as a black woman, and how we can heal it as well.

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  12. J

    I enjoyed the varying life experiences and perspectives of the individuals characterized in the book. I felt seen as who I am today. I was able to see versions of my friends, sisters, aunts and mother figures in each aspect of the stories.

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  13. Destynny

    This book is AMAZING

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  14. A. Cole

    I can easily tell how much I truly enjoy a book based on how quickly I read it and I finished this book in about a week. I truly enjoyed this book and the stories shared. There were a lot of thought pieces and gems dropped throughout. I cannot wait to recommend this book to family and friends.

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  15. BarbVines

    It assuages women’s concerns that they are alone in their personal journeys.

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  16. Kindle Customer

    I have read a number of self help books, I have listened to friends and I am now studying to be a therapisr; I picked up this book and said: I know all this stuff! But I wasn’t living like I knew it. I needed to be reminded! I was a!ways giving of myself but this book reminded me to take it in and get refills for myself. This book is for the beginner and the veterans of “the troubles I’ve seen.” A really smart read! A great book club read for women.

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  17. LaChaunte

    This is the first “self help” book that I’ve read that didn’t come off as preachy. I could relate to alot of the topics highlighted in this book. Well done.

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  18. Mikey

    I loved the details and experience the authors gives to show real life examples of the problems african-american women face and how these traditions are passed down and never questioned in the african-american community

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  19. Char

    The hard cover book is easy to read and, print size is great! The book arrived on time.I would highly recommend you reading Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.I had initially thought, I couldn’t deal with other people trouble.Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen is really relatable to the struggles of black women!Lots of meaningful information on how black women persevere no matter what issues.

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  20. Phoebe

    This book is a must read for all black woman!

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  21. Jonathan

    This was an amazing eye opening read. It help me understand the women in my life more. I feel our community needs more access to this information and we need to have the conversations that were brought up in this book openly.

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  22. Donna C.

    I liked this book very much; it caused me to reflect on my life and as a result, better understand my actions. I now understand why I was involved in some situations/relationships. The author also provided suggestions designed to help the reader analyze/assess herself. This book was so “eye opening” that I gave copies to my friends and family members. My hope is that they will gain insights into their lives and actions, as I have and that they will be encouraged and empowered.

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  23. ammon johnson

    Great book…!!!

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  24. AuthorAnnaBellaAuthorAnnaBella

    “Usually when people talk about the ‘strength’ of Black women they are referring to the way in which they perceive Black women coping with oppression. They ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation.” bell hooks, ain’t i a womanThis book is the ultimate guide to Black women’s journey to acceptance, healing and self love. Dr. Zeigler successfully covers many sensitive subjects that Black women encounter throughout their lives. Bound within the spine of this masterpiece are several therapy sessions and recommendations that you can revisit ad lib. Dr. Zeigler unravels the myth of what society believes a strong Black woman to be and redefines what it means to be strong by embracing your vulnerability. Dr. Zeigler did an outstanding job by incorporating statistics and research surrounding Black trauma. She gives the definition of the strong Black woman and educates us on how the effects of slavery, intergenerational trauma and epigenetics all continue to negatively contribute to Black womens health. This book outlines a wealth of recommendations to acknowledge and address your mental health challenges that can present itself physically as well. At the beginning of each chapter is a poem or quotes by bell hooks, Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde and Ntozake Shange. Included are additional resources / contact information where you can report several types of abuse and the suicide prevention line. Remember, if you see or suspect abuse, report it.Think for a moment what lies beneath your strength.

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  25. Calliope99

    This book was just what I needed. The confirmation that the feelings and emotions that we are faced with daily was literally on paper. While the book is primarily about women of color, I think the scenarios and situations are relatable to all women. This book reminds us to step back and give yourself the attention you deserve and need. Dr Burnett Zeigler shared personal and professional expertise to truly hone in on the challenges so universal for women of color. Hopefully this will make space in the world for the emotions as well as the strength of black women.

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  26. Azalee Turner

    We are reading this book for our Chat and Chew time with our Pastor. The stories are very accurate portrayals of life experiences of many Black females in our country. Kudos to the author for writing such an informative and insightful book.

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  27. My Truth

    Loved this book

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  28. LSSlater

    I’m a doctoral candidate for social work and my research focus is the strong Black woman. I had already begun my research when this book was referred to me by a friend. I am SO glad she referred it. Every page is so relatable as I recall the memories with my mother and great grandmother portraying the image of the SBW. I highly recommend this book to any Black woman seeking to learn and overcome Intergenerational trauma and to learn that you can be a strong Black woman in a HEALTHIER sense!

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  29. Mel EMel E

    Inspiring stories of the strength of black women to push through regardless of the trauma that they have gone through. Dr. Burnett Ziegler combines her own personal experiences as well as those of women she has had interactions with to provide an array of experiences of black women. The stories of these women provide insight into the mind and souls or black women in America. There is hot one woman who will not be able to relate to some aspect of this novel.

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  30. LSSlater

    I’m a doctoral candidate for social work and my research focus is the strong Black woman. I had already begun my research when this book was referred to me by a friend. I am SO glad she referred it. Every page is so relatable as I recall the memories with my mother and great grandmother portraying the image of the SBW. I highly recommend this book to any Black woman seeking to learn and overcome Intergenerational trauma and to learn that you can be a strong Black woman in a HEALTHIER sense!

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  31. Rapid Reader

    It was relatable and easy to read

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  32. Rachel Zeigler

    WOW…talk about helpful and insightful read. THIS book is the ultimate self-help book for black women. This book touches on the most intimate parts of being a black woman. The hard shell we been taught since children to have as black women, many of us being taught that self-sacrifice is the ultimate form of love. Being raised by a strong black to be a strong black woman mean to carry the world on our shoulders and always say yes while sacrificing our own needs, wills, desires, bodies and sanity. I am enjoying this book and I am only on chapter 6. Reading each chapter is like attending therapy and I can feel the growth. This book offers you tools to do the self-work and to analyze your traits in order to shed light on our hurts to heal and move forward. highly recommend to ANY woman who has struggled to put herself first!

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  33. AuthorAnnaBellaAuthorAnnaBella

    “Usually when people talk about the ‘strength’ of Black women they are referring to the way in which they perceive Black women coping with oppression. They ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation.” bell hooks, ain’t i a womanThis book is the ultimate guide to Black women’s journey to acceptance, healing and self love. Dr. Zeigler successfully covers many sensitive subjects that Black women encounter throughout their lives. Bound within the spine of this masterpiece are several therapy sessions and recommendations that you can revisit ad lib. Dr. Zeigler unravels the myth of what society believes a strong Black woman to be and redefines what it means to be strong by embracing your vulnerability. Dr. Zeigler did an outstanding job by incorporating statistics and research surrounding Black trauma. She gives the definition of the strong Black woman and educates us on how the effects of slavery, intergenerational trauma and epigenetics all continue to negatively contribute to Black womens health. This book outlines a wealth of recommendations to acknowledge and address your mental health challenges that can present itself physically as well. At the beginning of each chapter is a poem or quotes by bell hooks, Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde and Ntozake Shange. Included are additional resources / contact information where you can report several types of abuse and the suicide prevention line. Remember, if you see or suspect abuse, report it.Think for a moment what lies beneath your strength.

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  34. Rachel YoungRachel Young

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     Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women is a MUST read.This book, shares the emotional stories of black women and caused me to reflect on my own life and community of strong black women.While reading I learned about many traumatic experiences that black women face, coping strategies to deal with trauma, and about the huge impact that family, friends, society, & culture all play in the framework of your life, beliefs, self-awareness & perception. Whether experiences be “good” or “bad” they leave us with a multitude of emotions that we are left to manage, often times not knowing how.I love the way Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler provided practical ways and resources to cope with trauma. I highly recommend this book for your book club and for every black woman within your reach, village & sphere of influence.Be well.

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  35. Mikey

    I loved the details and experience the authors gives to show real life examples of the problems african-american women face and how these traditions are passed down and never questioned in the african-american community

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  36. Sharonda McRae

    I stuck to ready 4-5 pages a day and as a person that is currently wanting to heal, this book is a must have!

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  37. TLB

    Saw the author on GMA – had to get the book

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  38. Debra Jenkins

    Such a powerful comprehensive wealth of critical information about Black Women’s mental health and wellness, powerful stories, and Racial historical references! I wish there was a hard copy version of this book!!!

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  39. Rosalyn ZeiglerRosalyn Zeigler

    The subject matter is on target and on time. I can definitely relate to what strong black women have to deal with. I recommended this book to the Book Club that I belong to and we have selected Nobody Knows … as our next book to read. I am looking forward to discussing this book with the ladies. Thus far I am enjoying this book, and very interesting reading.

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  40. Edie W

    This book is a must-read for every “strong” Black woman. Dr Burnett-Ziegler expertly weaves familiar examples of hurt and trauma endured by black women, with facts and statistics made even more relatable by the sharing of her own experiences. Sharing her own vulnerability gives us all permission to acknowledge past traumas and begin the journey of self healing. She leaves the reader with strategies to improve our emotional health.

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  41. Calliope99

    This book was just what I needed. The confirmation that the feelings and emotions that we are faced with daily was literally on paper. While the book is primarily about women of color, I think the scenarios and situations are relatable to all women. This book reminds us to step back and give yourself the attention you deserve and need. Dr Burnett Zeigler shared personal and professional expertise to truly hone in on the challenges so universal for women of color. Hopefully this will make space in the world for the emotions as well as the strength of black women.

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  42. Zykenia

    I’m not finished reading this book yet but before I even started reading the first chapter I started getting emotional this book is for the black girls that grew up too strong

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  43. Marcia R Tucker

    Assessment of myself.

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  44. Jade

    I’m so happy I found this book! It has helped me so much ❤️

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  45. R.JohnsonR.Johnson

    “We’ve come to believe that suffering is just a part of life and living-Black women’s living. For us, a life without suffering is an unfamiliar indulgence.” This resonated so strongly with me. When I look at all the women in my family, we just go on. Do the work and go on… even if we feel like breaking down sometimes. In many ways, I admire that strength and other hand, I recognize the damage that can do. Dr. Burnett-Ziegler takes you on a journey to healing that begins with acknowledging some hard truths. That path to healing… to being “free” is waiting for you. “Nobody Knows..” can help you take that first step. Bravo Dr. Burnett! I’ve already gifted this book to several friends.

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  46. Brenda Mills

    As part of my counseling, I’m using this book. It’s been life changing and life affirming.

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