Shame is an insidious emotion. It leaves us cutoff from wounded parts of the self that become despised and relegated to the shadows. Everything that shame touches is deflated in some way; shame leaves in its wake self-critical habits, poor self-esteem, negative self-comparisons, a sense of powerlessness and isolation, intense perfectionism, and a lack of vitality, spontaneity, and joy. Shame can also result in self-sabotaging and addictive behaviors. Psychotherapy works to heal shame by restoring the capacity for mindful, intentional connection as it occurs in the client-therapist relationship and in other relationships in the client’s life.
For more information on shame, see my article.
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