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Based on the work of researcher and author Brene Brown, Ph.D., the Shame Resilience Theory is a grounded theory based on building resiliency to shame through connection with our authentic self and growing meaningful relationships with others.
In her book, I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power, Brown describes shame as, “an intensely painful feeling or experience of believing we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. Women often experience shame when they are entangled in a web of layered, conflicting and competing social-community expectations. Shame creates feelings of fear, blame and disconnection.”
We all carry and hold shame, but it is often at the core of the disordered eating and addictions for our patients. This work encourages the movement towards empathy, connection, vulnerability and compassion when they are engaged with their painful shame stories rather than towards shame, fear, blame and disconnection.
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