SHAME

How Childhood Trauma Can Affect Our Adult Posture

In infancy and early childhood, if we are traumatized and made fearful, we may automatically and unconsciously react by contracting our muscles. This automatic physiological response is linked to the ‘fight/flight’ state and evolved because, for our ancestors, it was adaptive and served to help protect us. Once we become adults, this physiological response can …

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The Vital Need To Address Childhood Trauma In Prisoner Rehabilitation

A study conducted by Stensrud et al., 2018 involving 328 male and female prisoners found that the majority reported having experienced far more ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs) than the average citizen from the general population and that this was especially the case amongst those who had experienced childhood sexual abuse. A survey of prisoners in …

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Why Do Some Parents Publicly Shame Their Children?

774-word article I remember when I was very young, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, my mother would shame me in public for anything i did that she considered a transgression, by threatening to take down my trousers and spank me. This would have been in the 1970s when attitudes towards child maltreatment were more …

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The Antilibidinal Ego: Self-Protection Following Trauma

If as a child we suffer severe interpersonal trauma in the form of rejection by a primary-carer or similar experience,  a part of us may ‘split off’ (dissociate) and act as our protector in order to prevent us from becoming the victim of yet further psychological damage. Fairbairn referred to this dissociated part of ourselves …

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Strong Feelings Of Guilt In Childhood Can Affect Brain Development

  Research suggests that children who are prone to feelings of intense, excessive guilt are at increased risk in adulthood of developing various psychiatric disorders. These include :    – bipolar disorder    – depression    – anxiety    – obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) A longitudinal study (Belden et al.), published in JAMA Psychiatry, involved a …

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Adult Loneliness Linked To Childhood Trauma And Feelings Of Shame

Statistics Relating To Loneliness : About one in twenty (i.e. 5%) of the adult population reports feeling lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’; 16% reported feeling lonely ‘sometimes’ ; and 24% reported feeling lonely ‘occasionally’ (2016-2017). Those who have low levels of trust for people living in their locality report feeling lonely more often. Of all the …

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Childhood Trauma, The Shame Loop And Defenses Against Shame

Feelings of shame can be excruciatingly painful; at their worst, they can cause us to completely isolate ourselves so that we avoid contact with others to the extent that we may become virtual recluses, perhaps only daring to venture out of our house or flat when absolutely necessary. Indeed, the word ‘shame‘ derives from the Indian …

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Feelings Of Shame Caused By Emotionally Distant Parents

  According to DeYoung, author of the excellent book : ‘Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame : A Relational / Neurobiological Approach‘, the experience of shame comes about as a result of dysfunctional relationships with other people (in particular, of course, with our parents when we are growing up) who are of emotional importance to us as …

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Three Unconscious Defenses Against Inner Feelings Of Shame

According to psychodynamic theory, if, as babies, we are subjected to significant emotional abuse by the primary caregiver (usually the mother) such as constantly being subjected to her extreme anger, rage, and hostility, we are at risk of developing a profound and pervasive sense of inner shame – the unshakeable inner conviction that we are …

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Shame Caused By Childhood Trauma, How We Try To Repress It And Health Effects

Effects Of Repressed Shame : We have seen in other articles published on this site that if we have experienced significant childhood trauma we may, as adults, develop profound feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness, self-hatred, rock-bottom self-esteem, feelings of being ‘innately bad’ and irrational self-blame for what we experienced. This pernicious brew of feelings about the …

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False Core Beliefs : Their Childhood Roots

  By the time we are adults, most of us have developed entrenched, deeply rooted, fundamental beliefs about ourselves. Psychologists refer to these as our CORE BELIEFS. Once established, they can prove very difficult to change without the aid of therapeutic interventions (such as cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT). A traumatic childhood, especially one that …

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