Feelings are not facts.
Shame is treatable, no matter where it comes from.
When shame becomes toxic, it can lead to chronic negative emotions or behaviors that are harmful to oneself or others. Those who suffer from toxic shame often feel unworthy of love. They can be fearful of connection with others who they believe will reject them once they discover who they really are, thus hindering their ability to engage in healthy friendships or romantic relationships. Some people will attempt to mask toxic shame through substance abuse, shopping or gambling addiction, or workaholism. Others may engage in self-harm, such as cutting, binge eating, or restrictive eating. In some cases, shame can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Oftentimes, people think they are deserving of shame and will be exposed and rejected if they share their true self with anyone, including a mental health professional. However, secrecy exacerbates feelings of shame, while sharing one’s story helps build resilience and fosters recovery. Counseling plays an important role in the recovery process by helping you understand why you feel shame, identify triggers, and learn valuable coping skills.
The greatest act of courage is to be and own all that you are.
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