Shame is a kind of self-deception Read More
I can fully relate to this article. Shame has prevented me from using my own perspective to solve my problems, leading to an extended period of stagnation.
Having sought help from a therapist to escape the closed loop of shame, I'm attempting to discover who I am and reconcile that person with the existing relationships in my life.
I'm finding it difficult to show others that the carefree person they thought they knew is actually shameful and depressed, and I'm worried that maintaining the facade to avoid overwhelming (and potential losing) relationships will prevent recovery.
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Peg O'Connor, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
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