Patriarchy Stress Disorder

Valerie Rein

Despite checking off the boxes of worldly accomplishments, most high-achieving women are secretly dissatisfied. They feel stuck in lives that look perfect on the outside, yet on the inside, they’re unfulfilled, plagued by the nagging feeling that there’s got to be more. They feel guilty and ungrateful for feeling trapped in lives that are so good. They disown their pain, or numb it with excessive work, eating, drinking, shopping, social media, or exercising. They search for solutions in books, meditation, yoga, therapy, medication, and workshops, but something is still missing.

They wonder: What’s wrong with me?

Dr. Valerie Rein has worked with hundreds of high-achieving women and discovered that the issues they all struggle with are not just personal—they’re rooted in the ancestral and collective trauma experienced by women in the patriarchal world for millennia. In Patriarchy Stress Disorder, Dr. Rein describes how this trauma creates an invisible inner prison, that holds them back from stepping into the full power of their authentic presence, unbridled joy, outrageous success, freedom, and fulfillment.

In this book, Dr. Valerie explains:

  • Why you’re dissatisfied in spite of your achievements, and why it’s not your fault.
  • What secretly drains 90 percent of your time and energy, and how to reclaim it.
  • How to upgrade your game of “How much can I bear?” to “How good can it get?

Press & Praise

Ali Brown,CEO + Entrepreneur Mentor

"Groundbreaking, fascinating, and sobering. Finally--we have an explanation. This seminal work of Dr. Valerie Rein is a must read for every woman in the process of unlocking her own ultimate fulfillment and success."

Claudia Chan, Creator of S.H.E. Summit & This Is How We Rise leadership book, podcast, and course

"The greatest barriers for women now and ahead are internal. Especially as the gender equality movement adds more responsibility to women's plates--we need a new movement that gives women the tools to manage and optimize their mental health so they can rise in leadership with greater ease and joy. Dr. Valerie has some of the most groundbreaking solutions I have seen. Whether you're in the corporate or entrepreneurial world, starting out or advanced in your career, this is a must-read for all women."

Jennifer Brown, Founder, President & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC) Author, Inclusion and How to be an Inclusive Leader

"Dr. Valerie is the go-to expert on identifying and healing the complex effects of intergenerational, cultural, and personal traumas that all humans carry. These have a profound impact on how we show up in life and at work and how we work with each other. The fields of Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and anyone concerned with advancing equality and empowerment should be paying attention to Dr. Valerie's work."

Valerie Rein

Dr. Valerie Rein is a psychologist, women’s mental health expert, and business consultant, helping people achieve the best ROI by achieving the best mental health–without therapy. Dr. Rein specializes in uncovering the hidden traumas that hold hostage people’s best work, relationships, and well-being, and effectively heal them with a powerful mind-body methodology. She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Rein is a sought-after speaker at conferences and companies committed to diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and unlocking people’s potential.

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