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Shame and How to Cope

Shame is a common and powerful emotion that can be triggered by a wide range of experiences. It is often described as a feeling of being exposed, humiliated, or unworthy. People can feel shame in response to their actions, appearance, or even their thoughts and feelings.

Shame can be a difficult emotion to cope with because it is often accompanied by feelings of guilt, self-criticism, and a sense of being fundamentally flawed. It can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression.

However, there are several things that people can do to cope with shame:

  1. Acknowledge and accept the feeling: It can be tempting to try to suppress or ignore shame, but this can actually make it worse. Instead, try to acknowledge and accept the feeling without judging yourself for it. This can help to put the feeling in perspective and make it more manageable.
  2. Talk to someone: Sharing your feelings with someone you trust can be a powerful way to process and cope with shame. Talking about the experience can help to reduce the power of the emotion and provide a different perspective.
  3. Practice self-compassion: Instead of being self-critical, try to be kind and understanding towards yourself. Remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes and that you are not alone in feeling shame.
  4. Reframe the experience: Try to look at the experience that triggered the shame in a new way. This can help to change the way you think about it, and make it less powerful over time.
  5. Seek professional help: If shame is affecting your daily life and you can’t cope with it , see a therapist or counselor can help you to better understand and cope with the emotions.

It is important to remember that shame is a normal emotion, and everyone experiences it at some point in their lives. With time and practice, it is possible to learn how to cope with shame in a healthy way, and to move beyond it.

If you would like to learn more about how to cope with shame and work alongside a registered professional feel free to start off by booking a free 20-min phone consult with one of the therapists on our team, by clicking the buttons below.

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