Brené Brown had this to say about shame:
If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same about of shame in the petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.Brené Brown
For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, shame is a pervasive feeling that grows and thrives as years go by. It slows healing, prevents self-acceptance, and can lead a person to turn to anger, violence, or addiction in attempts to combat the sexual abuse trauma or cover it up.
You don’t have to live with shame over what happened to you when you were a child. You can overcome your negative feelings and live the life you truly deserve. Here are just 10 ways that might help you overcome shame:
If your shame is leading you to harm yourself or others, reach out to a trained professional today. You CAN create a new way of thinking and a new way of living, one that doesn’t include toxic shame. Start today. Right this minute. Don’t let shame steal one more moment of your life.
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