Entire industries thrive by invoking shameful feelings in people all over the world. One of the most prevalent limiting beliefs that we come across with clients is “I am shameful”. Shame is so common in our society, and those who have this cognition were generally deeply shamed, or traumatized in their childhood. Constant humiliation or shaming can internalize it, as can sexual abuse, impossible parental expectations, repeated perceived errors in life, or emotional abuse.

Here are just a few other ways in which shame can manifest within our behaviors and institutions which control us:

Substance abuse, The purpose of seduction, shame as a limiter to accessing psychological help, eating disorders, bullying, shame as a mechanism of control, religion and the culture of shame.


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