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Default Mar 24, 2023 at 06:03 PM
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I am operating (and have been operating pretty much all my life) from a place of shame... deep shame.

How do you get out of the shame game?
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Default Mar 27, 2023 at 05:54 PM
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Forgive yourself.

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I hope to be able to do that.
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Default Apr 01, 2023 at 06:22 PM
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I find Pete Walker to be helpful. Thanks TheGal for this post.

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Default Apr 02, 2023 at 09:31 AM
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I like Bradshaw, I saw a number of his talks when I was in rehab.

One of the things that helped me move past shame was asking myself what I got out of holding onto it, and that helped me to realize that there was absolutely no value add to continuing to feel shame and so I was gradually able to move past it, as every time I started to feel shame, I was able to do self talk to stop the thought.

The other thing I find helpful is the practice of mindfulness and its focus on staying in the present. I use its precepts to get out of negative emotions in general as generally none of them are valid in the here and now.

But the biggest game changer for me in moving past shame was getting and staying sober. I used to have a lot of shame associated with my pattern of repeated relapses, but I've been sober now for almost 4.5 years and I know it's extremely unlikely that I'd go back to drinking now. That eliminated a lot of my sources of shame.

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Default Apr 02, 2023 at 05:36 PM
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I find Pete Walker to be helpful. Thanks TheGal for this post.

Thank you for the tip, Fuzzybear... it is appreciated...
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Default Apr 02, 2023 at 05:46 PM
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Thank you splitimage... this is very helpful.

What do I get from holding on to shame? I'm going to give this some deep thought.


I wish you the best on your journey of sobriety.


I once heard the only way out of shame is through transformation (Helen Merrill Lynd)... a book that I want to get "On Shame and Identity".

Thank you so much for sharing...
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Default Apr 04, 2023 at 06:25 AM
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I am thinking that the shame you feel, belongs to someone else.
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I am thinking that the shame you feel, belongs to someone else.

That is an interesting thought...

You might very well be right, Marie, at least in part.

It's just tricky sorting out what belongs to me and what doesn't... I have an inventory to do.
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Default Apr 05, 2023 at 07:37 PM
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Wow. _Healing the Shame that Binds You_ was a huge book for me when I was in my late teens. That was my eye-opener to what I was feeling. I highlighted so many things in that book. I should really get another copy and look at it again.
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Is shame the same as guilt ?

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Default Apr 07, 2023 at 07:17 AM
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I think shame and guilt are two different things.

When I was in a day hospital program a number of years ago I had additional counselling for addiction by an addictions specialist he say guilr is saying "'I did something bad" while shame is saying "I am bad".


I can feel guilt over something I did but I can recognize that I can apologize of do something else to make amends for it and so move on, whereas shame is a deeper sense that I am responsible for something bad that happened, often to me, but it's because I'm inherently flawed and so there's nothing I can change. Or at least that's how I see the two. Hope that makes sense.

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Default Mar 15, 2024 at 08:46 PM
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Hey TheGal.
I have had a lifelong battle with shame as well.
Itís a seemingly complicated matter, though most complicated things started out rather simply and itís the mental gymnastics around that simple thing that complicates it, sometimes this is the case.
The first question is what are the thing(s) that you are ashamed about?
Obviously you need not answer, but if you are curious, you can ask me about the things that make me feel ashamed.
Or not.
I find discussing it and disseminating it helps me debunk the shame, wether it came from something I did, or something that was done to me, something I said or something that was said about me etc. until you begin to map it out and get a good look at it, as a whole, or at least a majority of a whole.
Maybe even make a graph or chart.
I did not make a chart but thatís because I have an unreasonable dislike of charts.
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Thank you for replying.

I would like to discuss it, but preferably in private.

Let me know whether you're open to a pm discussion.

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Default Mar 16, 2024 at 07:37 AM
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Something I just read or heard said shame is what is felt when you hold yourself to some idealistic standard. This thought has helped me a lot put things in perspective and feel less shame.

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Something I just read or heard said shame is what is felt when you hold yourself to some idealistic standard. This thought has helped me a lot put things in perspective and feel less shame.
Good point. Thank you for sharing.

I sometimes feel that the standards come afterwards because one feels so much shame one wants to make up for it by holding impossible standards.

Vicious cycle though, isn't it?
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I am operating (and have been operating pretty much all my life) from a place of shame... deep shame.

How do you get out of the shame game?
I know this is stupid, but that is like my middle name. I told this to my therapist as I have shame issues as well. She had told me to try and redirect it into something different, so I did.
Just take that Irene Cara song, "Fame," remove fame and replace it with shame

Shame! - You are the dumbest of feelings,
You get in the way of my healing,
Shame! -
Get-on-a-slow-boat-to Chi-ay-na,
Which then can be bombed by a plane,
Shame!
I don't deserve, fe...el this
I think will throw it awaaaay

My therapist was laughing so much I was afraid she might pass out. I know this is a serious issue. Humor is a way for me to tackle things that I can't figure out how to resolve any other way. I felt overpowering shame for years and years over something I had no control over. This technique works for me, it may not for others, my brain is all weird. And no, I am not using any illegal substances, just taking what has been prescribed. In the end, there is nothing for you to be ashamed of, our minds trick us on this one if they can. I hope in time you can overcome these feelings and cut through that fog of shame.

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Default Mar 19, 2024 at 04:13 AM
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Thank you @16PennyNail

Your post made me smile. Love the song!

Humor can cut through shame. You are on to something there.
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