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From the Ted Talk by Susan David: The gift and power of emotional courage

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But back home, we struggled — my father hadn't been able to keep his _____ business going during his _______. And my mother, alone, was grieving the love of her life trying to raise three children, and the creditors were knocking. We felt, as a family, financially and ___________ ravaged. And I _____ to spiral down, ________, fast. I started to use food to numb my pain. Binging and purging. Refusing to accept the full ______ of my grief. No one knew, and in a culture that values relentless positivity, I thought that no one wanted to know.

Solution

  1. isolated
  2. began
  3. illness
  4. weight
  5. emotionally
  6. small

Original Text

But back home, we struggled — my father hadn't been able to keep his small business going during his illness. And my mother, alone, was grieving the love of her life trying to raise three children, and the creditors were knocking. We felt, as a family, financially and emotionally ravaged. And I began to spiral down, isolated, fast. I started to use food to numb my pain. Binging and purging. Refusing to accept the full weight of my grief. No one knew, and in a culture that values relentless positivity, I thought that no one wanted to know.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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