Being “shook” is more than a rap lyric for Charlamagne, it’s his mission to overcome. While it may seem like he's ahead of the game, he is actually plagued by anxieties, such as the fear of losing his roots, the fear of being a bad dad, and the fear of being a terrible husband. Shook One chronicles his journey to beat those fears and shows a path that you too can take to overcome the anxieties that may be holding you back.
Ironically, Charlamagne's fear of failure—of falling into the life of stagnation or crime that caught up so many of his friends and family in his hometown of Moncks Corner—has been the fuel that has propelled him to success. However, even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by anxiety and distrust. Now, in Shook One, he is working through these problems—many of which he traces back to cultural PTSD—with help from mentors, friends, and therapy. Being anxious doesn’t serve the same purpose anymore. Through therapy, he’s figuring out how to get over the irrational fears that won’t take him anywhere positive.
Charlamange hopes Shook One can be a call to action: Getting help is your right. Therapy and showing weakness are not always easy subjects, but if you go to the gym three or four times a week, why can’t you put that same effort and energy into getting mentally strong?
*Excerpt via Amazon review*
1. What are your fears? What are ways that you are working to overcome them?
2. Do you believe that therapy is a form of positive mental wellness? Why or why not?
3. Why do you believe that therapy is shamed upon in many ethnic communities?
4. How much self-control do you have with people/things that you know are not good for you, but tend to indulge in?
5. How was mental health discussed in your household? How has this affected you today?
6. What were some moments you found interesting in this book?
7. Dr. Ish talks about the importance of having a therapist that "looks like you." Do you agree with this?
8. What are some of your favorite forms of self-care?
9. Do you believe that it is important to discuss past trauma in relationships?
10. Lastly, what are some mental health struggles that you identify with?
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