Episode 13: Dignity Violated and Reclaimed with Jennifer and Vanessa

In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Griggs and producer Vanessa Aron explore the ways we respond when our dignity is violated and how we can reclaim it. They discuss the physical, emotional, and behavioral reactions to dignity violations, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and naming these responses. Jennifer introduces the concepts of MouseMonster, and Island to describe different coping mechanisms.

Vanessa and Jennifer reflect on their own experiences and stress the significance of compassionate companionship in overcoming shame and isolation. They also highlight the role of resistance in both small daily actions and larger acts of standing up for oneself and others.

The conversation touches on restorative practices and the importance of transforming grievance stories into empowering narratives. Jennifer and Vanessa discuss the power of joy, wonder, and gratitude in the healing process, setting the stage for deeper explorations into advocacy, accountability, and reclamation of dignity in the upcoming season.

Episode Resources


  • Understanding the physical and emotional responses to dignity violations.
  • Recognizing and naming emotions to facilitate healing.
  • The role of compassionate companionship in overcoming shame.
  • The importance of resisting negative reactions and fostering positive change.
  • Transforming grievance stories into empowering narratives.
  • The significance of joy, wonder, and gratitude in reclaiming dignity.

Exploring what it means to live and lead with dignity at work, in our families, in our communities, and in the world.

What is dignity? How can we honor the dignity of others? And how can we repair and reclaim our dignity after harm? Tune in to hear stories about violations of dignity and ways in which we heal, forgive, and make choices about how we show up in a chaotic and fractured world.

Hosted by physician and coach Jennifer Griggs.

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